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Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God

News St Martin – Talking Points

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Did Jesus have to die to save the world?  Should we as Christians differentiate between the roles of women and men?  How should Christian citizens react to violence, to the authority of state, to foreigners and to those of different faiths? What moral framework should we live by?

St. Paul tackles these and other issues in teaching that is both inspiring but at times problematic.  Eclipsing Empire is a 12 session study of Paul’s radical – often controversial – ministry. It is the latest in our Living The Questions series: a space of safety and challenge, where we can learn and ‘live the questions’ of what our faith means for our lives. 

We will explore the ways in which Paul has shaped modern Christianity; learn about the social, cultural, and political meaning of Paul’s ancient Mediterranean message; and examine its implications for life in present-day London.  How will you respond to the words of this mystical activist – and to the letters that were written in his name?

Each session will follow a 25 minute DVD with group discussion; commentary and study materials are by New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.

Sessions run from 12.15-1.30pm on Sundays in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place WC2N 4JJ (please buzz at the front door); you are welcome to eat with the group afterwards.  Each session is self-standing.  Come as a one-off to see how you find it; we hope that you like it and return! 

Sessions for 2013

9 June: Paul and Jesus:  Already, Not Yet
16 June: Paul’s Mission: Fables or Facts?
23 June: Paul’s Character: Luke vs. Paul
30 June: Paul’s Conversion: The Road to Damascus? 
7 July: Paul’s Cities: Villas and Shop-fronts
21 July: Paul’s Letters: Authentic or Forged?
8 September: Paul’s Ethics: Radical Equality 
15 September: Paul’s Theology: God Taking Charge
29 September: Paul’s Eschatology: Justice on Earth 
20 October: Underexplored Themes from the East 
27 October: Jesus Eclipsing the Empire 

For further details contact John Falcone or the church office.