We’re on for this Thursday at 7:30pm, February 16th for the Pub Talk, again with Prof. Rob Kugler from Lewis and Clark. He had a great time with you all last month, and is excited to meet again.
We’ll be at My Father’s Place, 523 SE Grand, south of Burnside, between Washington and Stark. It’s on the left as you drive/walk north.
Look for Rob in the back room. We'll talk with each other about what topic you’d like to discuss next, and who the facilitator might be. I know of a professor of world religions who might be able to meet with us.
What good is the Bible, anymore? Christians, let alone non-believers, read it less and less, increasingly they find it irrelevant to their lives today. Indeed, for all of the talk in public about the Bible, surveys show that there is far less reading of it in private.
Pub Talk for 20-30 somethings with Rob Kugler, Professor of Christian Studies at Lewis and Clark, 7:30pm Thursday, January 12th, 2012, at the Lucky Labrador, 915 SE Hawthorne
Event Description: What good is the Bible, anymore? Christians, let alone non-believers, read it less and less, increasingly they find it irrelevant to their lives today. Indeed, for all of the talk in public about the Bible, surveys show that there is far less reading of it in private.
"...conflict about the meaning of the Bible- its origin, authority, and interpretation- is the single most divisive issue in American Christianity today." -Marcus Borg in Speaking Christian.
This reminds me of a conversation that I had in 2005 about the root of the ELCA's conflict over sexuality not being what people do in bed, but how we read and encounter scripture. So, how can we seriously move forward in relationship with others who view scripture radically differently?
The Outreach Group has talked some about how to engage people - especially younger, unchurched people - with the Bible. Oregon eco-artist Sandra Roumagoux and I did an art/poetry show a few years back. People of all ages and spiritual leanings seemed intregued with the project. This attachement is the chapbook from the show.