Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor
Join us for weekly conversations about books we find significant. This semester, we’ll be reading various short stories by Flannery O’Connor, one of the American masters of the genre. There are two sections of this group, one meeting Fridays at 3pm in Maples, the other meeting on Tuesdays at 10am. This group will be closed to new members as of February 7.
Resurrection and Afterlife (and coffee)
What is resurrection? Why is it important to Christianity? How does it relate to other ideas of afterlife such as the immortality of the soul? And what does a resurrected life look like, anyway? This group meets Friday mornings at 7am in College Church to discuss these and other questions. It includes free coffee (good coffee), so you won’t want to miss it.
Love in the Classical and Christian Tradition
What is the nature of love? What is its relationship to possession, union, knowledge, or beauty? What is its proper object? What makes it true or perverse? How should we understand love in relation to vulnerability and suffering? The Western tradition offers various answers to these questions. Plato considered love a recognition of transcendence. Later philosophers thought it madness, a disease that must be cured by proper teaching. According to the Christian tradition, love is salvific, for God is Love itself. In this group, we will read some of the most influential texts reflecting on the nature of love, including classical texts written prior to the advent of Christianity and texts in the Christian tradition. We’ll reflect on friendship, on romantic love, and the love of the divine, and we’ll consider how love in these texts is similar to and different from love as presented in our contemporary culture. This group meets on Fridays at 4pm in Maples.
For all questions about study groups (including meeting times), email Dr. Jarrett Knight at email@example.com.