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Redeemer Readers is Church of the Redeemer’s Book Club. The group will meet this year on five Thursdays – October 24, December 5, February 13, April 3 and May 15 – at 12 noon, for one hour, in the Board Room on the lower level. New members are always welcome, even those who can’t make all five meetings! If you work in the area, consider making this your lunch-time break for five days in the coming year! If new members are interested in attending any or all of the discussions, or want more information, please contact Pauline Thompson at email@example.com.
This year’s books are thematically linked. We will be thinking about just what is the right path for growth in Christian maturity for our century. What is more important, belief or faith? Creed or spirituality? Doctrine or experience? Conviction or doubt? Forms of worship, or content? We will read five books which explore aspects of these themes. The first two books are concerned with the doctrines and experience of baptism, starting with the early church sacrament and then exploring its importance in our own time. After Christmas we will read some of the N-Town mystery plays which feature certain medieval doctrines promulgated to an illiterate society by dramatic re-enactments of biblical (and apocryphal) episodes. Alongside them, we will read Martin Marty’s biography of Martin Luther, who took on the Catholic hierarchy over doctrine but who was himself deeply exercised about his own spiritual experience. During Lent we will read Kathleen Norris’s Cloister Walk, a book about a married Protestant woman’s experience of Catholic monastic life, a book which was on the New York Times Bestseller List for over twenty weeks and has become something of a classic. Finally, we will read Graham Greene’s delightful novel, Monsignor Quixote(1982), a modern riff on the Cervantes classic, and a moving exploration not only of belief and faith, but also of the importance of doubt in the Christian life.
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