Theology Update for the Week of January 26

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Dear friends in Christ

Here is the run-down on classes. We have a couple of new ones starting soon, as you’ll see.

This week I conclude the study of the book of Job. On Sunday, January 26, at 10 a.m. (repeated Thursday, January 30, at 12:40 p.m.) we will look at the final chapter. This is very interesting material, concluding with Job’s bestowal of inheritance upon his three daughters. Everyone is welcome to the class.

The topic for the Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class next Tuesday, January 28, is “God the Holy Spirit.” Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to the class: in Andrew Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

New Class: Ethical Wednesdays start this week (January 29) with a four-session course on Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed. Since my book finally came out in the U.S. last May, many of you have asked for a class on it. So, here it is. We will discuss chapters 1 and 2 in this first class. Then we’ll meet weekly (except for February 12) through February 26, in Andrew Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Another New Class: Sick People in the Bible. This will be the Sunday/Thursday class starting February 2 and running through mid-March. There are several kinds of sickness in the Bible, including conditions like infertility, death itself, leprosy, demonic possession, fever, lameness, and injury from a fall. There is also evil done, as when a king is suffocated, and evil repented, as when a king turns away from wickedness and has his life extended. The first topic will be “boys who die.”

Christians Readings Greeks, a series of seminars on first Mondays, will begin February 3 with the following selections from Homer’s Iliad: Books 1, 6, 9, 16, 18 (to line 371 only), 22, and 24. These selections give the basic story of Achilles and his anger. Participants may read any translation. The discussion will be in Andrew Hall from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. For March 3, the reading is Plato’s “Apology.”

Also of interest: If you aren’t attending the doctrine class on Tuesday, January 28, you might consider a trip to Fordham University in the Bronx for the Orthodoxy in America Lecture. “Sharing the Good News in a Multi-Religious Country: Theological Reflections on Other Religions” will be given by His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës, and All Albania. The topic is of obvious relevance. The lecture is at 6 p.m. and is free. For more details: http://www.alumni.fordham.edu/calendar/detail.aspx?ID=3528

Peace