Theology Update for the Week of November 22

Dear friends in Christ,

Today, in the class on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, I’ll continue speaking about the Holy Communion (Articles 28-31). They have some awesome claims (it is an awesome Sacrament) but also some challenging objections. I am particularly struck by the claim that although Jesus is present in the sacrament, he is not thereby subject to movement in space (hence, not carried around, etc.). You are welcome to join me at 10am on the fifth floor. And the class will be repeated on Monday, November 23, at 12:40pm on the second floor.

Tuesday, November 24, Professor Jeremy Waldron and I continue our study of Oliver O’Donovan’s book On the Thirty-Nine Articles. This week they will take up chapters 5, 6, and 7, on the “concealment” of creation, salvation in Christ, and “the disappearance of the invisible church.” O’Donovan is always interesting, but you are welcome to the class even if you haven’t read the text. We meet in Andrew Hall at 6:30 p.m. for one hour.

Looking to 2016, I have set the dates (but not yet the texts) for the Good Books & Good Talk seminars: January 25 and February 22 — both are 4th Mondays, from 6:15 to 7:45pm.

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November 22 is the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. On the same day in 1963, C. S. Lewis died; if tomorrow weren’t a Sunday, we’d be commemorating him in our Eucharists of the day. Also on that day, the once-famous atheist Aldous Huxley died. Some years ago Peter Kreeft used this coincidence as a way to construct a philosophical dialogue between a Christian, an atheist, and a man of power and eminence. It begins with their meeting shortly after they died. As I recall, it goes like this:

Kennedy: Where the hell are we?
Lewis: I don’t think that’s right.