Reading together Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians and
Christian Wiman’s My Bright Abyss
Wednesdays, beginning September 18, 7:00pm
led by Peter Vanderveen
Paul’s Epistles are letters; written to a community struggling to understand their lives in the revelation of God in Christ. They were very much of the moment and words of poetry and prose together. We tend to forget this and make them statements of doctrine instead—looking for rules instead of grace.
Wiman’s book, published this year, received great critical acclaim for his insistence that belief can never be true when it slips to easy religious platitudes. It has to address the hard realities of our moment and our distinctly modern world.
This study will be a chance to read these two texts together, allowing each to illumine the other—so that grace can be something more than spoken of; it can become the integrity of our lives.