Conversations On Religion & Culture
Conversations on Religion and Culture, regularly meeting on the last Sunday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, will gather next on March 31 in the Undercroft of the church. We are generating a new list of topics, not yet prioritized (if you have a topic you’d like to throw on the table, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org), so I, Jack Bowers, very arbitrarily (or perhaps just whimsically) selected the topic closest to my area of expertise, “The Nature of Our Scriptures: What Good Are They to Us?” I long ago concluded that when we ask that question we’re really asking “what Is the Authority of the Scriptures?” The key to the answer lies in our individual approaches to the Scriptures, i.e., the fundamental assumptions we each hold as we pick up the Biblical compilation to read. Those assumptions can be laid along a continuum: literalism - the Word of God - the Word delivered through vessels of clay - biblical criticism - human compositions. Your own thoughts will be the starting point of this discussion.