THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE begins with a parable by the scholar Carlos Mesters giving insight into what was lost when the enlightenment adopted a historical-critical approach to scripture. Do you agree or disagree with Mesters? Did you know that the approach advocated by Mesters has affinities with the early Christian attempt at allegorical or spiritual interpretation? For further information, see James M Dawsey, “The Lost Front Door into Scripture: The Church Fathers and Latin American Biblical Interpretation,” The Anglican Theological Review 72,3 (1990): 292-305.
THE LOST COIN concerns the efforts of a woman to recover something precious. Are we, too, in 2012 searching for something valuable lost in 2011?
In 1676, the great Isaac Newton wrote to Robert Hooke that “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” While it is true that all learning builds on what has gone before, it is also true that students often surpass their teachers. In our religious journey, insight many times comes from unexpected places and true wisdom from travelers who see with fresh eyes.
Dr. Judith Plaskow, co-author and editor of WomanSpirit Rising, will be giving the Religion Lectures at Emory & Henry College, February 19 – 20. The lectures are part of the college’s distinguished Lyceum Program. In Sunday evening’s lecture, entitled “Religion Through a Feminist Lens,” Dr. Plaskow will explore the emergence and development of the feminist study of religion and present-day challenges to it. In Monday’s lecture, entitled “Religious Freedom and Gay and Lesbian Rights, she will examine the passionate debates about homosexuality taking place in religious denominations and reflect on the significance of religious disagreement and diversity for public debate. The general public is invited to attend. The lectures will be held in the Board of Visitors lounge at the Van Dyke Center and will start at 8:15 p.m. both evenings.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD contrasts superficial appearance with a religious aesthetic. The Apostle Paul often used the phrase “in Christ” to describe the new perception that accompanies the Christian’s life. Attitudes and activities that once governed life, such as envy, greed, and enmity were replaced, he thought, by other values such as love, patience, and kindness. One of my favorite descriptions of Jesus comes from Peter who said of him simply that “he went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Do you agree or disagree with the daughter’s assessment of her mother in the Post?
Look for a copy of J. M. Dawsey’s The Malachy Oracles: Evil’s Scent on the shelves of your favorite bookstore or at Amazon.com, in paperback or Kindle, summer 2012.