Theology Update for the Week of April 22

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The Five Marks of Christian Spirituality

On Sunday April 22 at 10 a.m., the Rt. Rev. Martin Shaw of the Scottish Episcopal Church explores what he calls the five marks of Christian spirituality. He reflects on a specific set of spiritual exercises, based on the five wounds of Christ, that constitute the basic practices of Christian discipleship. The class meets on the fifth floor of the parish house.

Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism

As Christians, how should we balance realism and idealism in our social and political lives? In this class series, concluding Monday, April 23, parishioners Jeremy Waldron and Curt Peters reflect on this question by examining the contributions of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). Niebuhr’s notion of “Christian Realism” took seriously the implications of human sinfulness for foreign affairs. On April 23, the class is joined by Robin Lovin, Christian ethicist and Professor Emeritus of Southern Methodist University, who has written extensively on Niebuhr. The class meets at 6:30 p.m. in Andrew Hall.

Out of Egypt: Reading Exodus Theologically

On April 29, the Sunday class begins a study of the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. In addition to being a record of the central event in Jewish history – the escape from Egypt and journey towards the Promised Land –Exodus also provides a prime case study of the benefits of a utilization of the traditional “four senses” of scripture: the literal, the typological, the moral, and the mystical. The first class begins with the first chapter of the book and an interpretation of the Hebrew presence in Egypt as an illustration of the “four senses” methodology. The class meets at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor of the parish house.