The Dead Theologians Society 2009
Rules of Engagement
This is a discussion reading group. The requirement is to read the old dead guy, thoughtfully and scripturally. Remember, we are not reading 20th century American Evangelicals! Read with an open heart and a Berean mind and come ready to discuss.
Please RSVP to the church office 775-782-6516 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Session 1 Saturday Feb. 14 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
Early Christian Writings (Penguin Classics)*
The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans
Session 2 Saturday April 11 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
Since 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth (1509), we will read the Institutes this year, this will put us out of chronological order.
Institutes, A New Compend,* Books One & Two
Session 3 Saturday Sept 12 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
Institutes, A New Compend, * Books Three & Four
Session 4 Saturday Nov. 14 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
St John Chrysostom, On Wealth and Poverty
*Limited quantities of this volume presently in the bookroom.
Blue Like Jazz is a book that got rave reviews and was actually dangerous, because for many it was the first Christian Literature they read. You can read a complete review about it here. But for now, here is an excerpt from that article.
“I believe, though, that the great failing of this book is the author’s belief that Christianity is a feeling, and is not something that can be rationally explained or understood. Early in the book, on page 54, Miller writes that God does not make any sense. Just a few pages later he writes that Christian Spirituality is something that cannot be explained, but is something that can only be felt. “It cannot be explained, and yet it is beautiful and true. It is something you feel, and it comes from the soul” (page 57). Later he writes, “At the end of the day, when I am lying in bed and I know the chances of any of our theology being exactly right are a million to one, I need to know that God has things figured out, that if my math is wrong we are still going to be okay. And wonder is that feeling we get when we let go of our silly answers, our mapped out rules that we want God to follow. I don’t think there is any better worship than wonder” (page 206).
So now we have “The Shack”
I thought that surely this one would die on its own, but I was wrong. It has become popular.
I was reviewing some documents in which Christians were asked what books they recently read and liked and The Shack was on several of their lists. I was amazed.
So, since this thing wont go away, lets put out some information about it.
Click here for Tim Challies review of The Shack.
and click here for a link to Al Mohler’s discussion on this garbage.