Santa Cruz, CA
This is a local reading group focused on Theology, Philosophy, and Christian Spirituality.
Our current book is The Four Loves, by CS Lewis
"Lewis examines four varieties of human love: affection, the most basic form; friendship, the rarest and perhaps most insightful; Eros, passionate love; charity, the greatest and least selfish. Throughout this compassionate and reasoned study, he encourages readers to open themselves to all forms of love—the key to understanding that brings us closer to God."
Topics range from academic to practical; ideally, they are both.
Members of our group are Christian, but vary in particular tradition; most are Anglican. However, it is open to all for whom the reading is of interest and the worldview agreeable. Our discussion presumes common agreement with historic Christianity.
If interested email me, and I will notify you when the group is open.
July 2021 - August 2022, 6:30pm~7:45pm
The Abolition of Man, by CS Lewis
"In the classic The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society. Both astonishing and prophetic, The Abolition of Man is one of the most debated of Lewis’s extraordinary works. National Review chose it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century."
December 2021 - June 2022, 7:45pm~9:00pm
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, by C S Lewis
“We want to know not how we should pray if we were perfect but how we should pray being as we now are."
What are we doing when we pray? What is at the heart of this most intimate conversation, the dialogue between a person and God? How does prayer—its form, its regularity, its content, its insistence—shape who we are and how we believe? In this collection of letters from C. S. Lewis to a close friend, Malcolm, we see an intimate side of Lewis as he considers all aspects of prayer and how this singular ritual impacts the lives and souls of the faithful. With depth, wit, and intelligence, as well as his sincere sense of a continued spiritual journey, Lewis brings us closer to understanding the role of prayer in our lives and the ways in which we might better imagine our relationship with God.
May 2021 - November 2021, 7:45pm~9:00pm
Clément's Transfiguring Time is an early work, written when he was 37. It carries all the excitement of his fresh encounter with Orthodoxy and the Fathers of the Christian Church. He draws on his deep study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Indian myths to differentiate the understanding of time and eternity in archaic religions, in Hinduism and in Buddhism, from the Christian and specifically Orthodox understanding of time and eternity.
Feb 2021 - April 2021, 7:30pm~9:00pm
By any standard, this is a classic of Christian theology. Composed by St Athanasius in the fourth century, it expounds with simplicity the theological vision defended at the councils of Nicaea and Constantinople: that the Son of God himself became "fully human, so that we might become god." Its influence on all Christian theology thereafter, East and West, ensures its place as one of the few "must read" books for all who want to know more about the Christian faith.
Preface by C.S. Lewis
§56-57 (end); planning for next book
Eternity and Time, an essay by Dumitru Staniloae.
“God has given us the gift of time. Through that gift, we have the opportunity to grow in response to God’s love, but we are always free to choose whether or not we wish to do so and thereby to live eternity. The life of the Trinity is the life of eternity, yet God accepted the limitations of our lives, including our mortality, in taking on human form in Jesus. Because of the incarnation of Jesus, time enters into eternity, and eternity is brought into time.”
April 2020 - July 2020, 7:00pm~8:30pm
On The Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts, by James K A Smith
Reading expectation for this book is one chapter per week. If joining late, please read prior chapters before joining.
Augustine Our Contemporary & A Refugee Spirituality
Detours on the Way to Myself
Freedom: How to Escape
Ambition: How to Aspire
Sex: How to Connect
Mothers: How to Be Dependent
Friendship: How to Belong
Enlightenment: How to Believe
Story: How to Be a Character
Justice: How to Protest
Fathers: How to Be Broken
Death: How to Hope & Homecoming