Theology Update for the Week of April 6

posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014
by Fr Austin

Dear friends in Christ

First, there is a very unusual poem by Christian Wiman in the April New Criterion: “More like the stars.” It is an extended meditation on mortality, by the poet whose memoir Every Riven Thing we studied last summer. I don’t know if you can read it if you aren’t a subscriber, but nonetheless here is the link.

Classes coming up:

The Great Vigil of Easter is the subject for the April 6 adult class at 10am on the 5th floor. I will look at the Vigil celebration of baptism, and how the theme of baptism is woven throughout the Vigil's liturgy. Visitors always welcome. This class is also offered this week on Thursday, April 10 at 12:40pm on the 2nd floor.

Christians Reading Greeks
—this season’s monthly “Good Books and Good Talk”—will discuss Sophocles' play Antigone on Monday, April 7, from 6:15 to 7:45pm in Andrew Hall. The play is an ancient exploration of the origins of justice (and much else), and anyone who has read it is welcome to the conversation. The next discussion will be on Plato's dialogue "Phaedrus," on friendship, on Monday, May 5.

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class this Tuesday, April 8, is on the Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven. Anyone interested in the topic--and who isn't?--is welcome to the class in Andrew Hall at 6:30pm.

The “Ethical Wednesdays” class this week, on April 9, will take up chapter 3 of Oliver O’Donovan’s Self, World, and Time. This chapter, on “Moral Communication,” is launched by a consideration of the role of the Holy Spirit in ethical resolutions. It also takes up the difference between advice and authority. The class is in Andrew Hall for one hour beginning at 6:30 p.m.; visitors welcome.


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