Theology Update for the Week of May 4

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Dear friends in Christ

The second epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians is already very interesting, and we’ve only done the first chapter. Join me on May 4 if you can, and we will recap the beginning of the letter and Paul’s major themes, and then move into the second chapter. 2 Corinthians often seems like an overlooked epistle, but once you start noticing it, you see it everywhere. The class is at 10 o’clock on the 5th floor. We have coffee and tea in the room. (Note: this week only, the Sunday class will not be repeated on Thursday.)

On Monday (May 5), the final seminar in our series of Christians Reading Greeks: Plato’s Phaedrus, his dialogue on friendship (and, of course, much more, it being Plato). We’ll meet in Andrew Hall from 6:30 to 8pm. This is a slightly later time than usual, because this Monday there will be a special choral evensong at 5:30pm. You might wish to come early for that also. Anyone who has read the dialogue is welcome to the discussion.

Wednesday (May 7) will be the final class in the Christian ethics series. Our text is chapter 6 of Oliver O’Donovan’s Self, World, and Time. O’Donovan says that when ethics is taken up into Christian moral theology, its three foci (the self, the world with its moral order, and the historical time in which the self acts) are transformed into faith, love, and hope (in that order–which, interestingly, is the default order of the New Testament as well). Chapter 6 develops these three. You are welcome to come even if you have not read the text. We meet in Andrew Hall from 6:30 to 7:30pm.