Monday, September 30, 2013

"Pub Theology:" Was Jesus a peasant revolutionary? Does it matter?

Was Jesus a 1st Century Palestinian revolutionary who wanted to bring down the Roman Empire and the Jewish Temple, as Reza Aslan suggests in his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth"?  Come join us as St. Thomas Episcopal Church convenes our first “pub theology” conversation Tuesday evening, Oct. 1, at Louisville's popular Napa River Grill.

Aslan's new book is stirring controversy with its argument that Jesus was a member of the Zealots, peasant revolutionaries who wanted to overturn empire in favor of a Kingdom of God on Earth where all would be equal and there would be no power relationships.

Well, yeah! This isn't really all that new an idea - The idea of historical-Jesus studies is more than 300 years old, and Christian theologians like John Dominic Crossan and Marcus J. Borg have been making this point for a generation.

So what, if anything, can 21st century Americans take from all this? Might it change the way we think about Jesus, or about mainline religion and its place in the modern community?

Why not join us for our first conversation? It's Tuesday evening, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at Napa River Grill in Westport Village at 1211 Herr Lane. This is not a liturgical event but, we hope, an intelligent conversation where there's no dogma and no shaming; all sincere questions and discussion points are welcome.

There's no admission fee, but you're welcome - not obliged - to purchase food and drink from the restaurant to enjoy during or after the conversation. We do ask, though, that you let us know you're coming, by "joining" the Facebook event page, commenting here, or contacting Robin Garr by Email.

We hope to gather monthly for an evening of conversation on a theological, philosophical or biblical topic over food and drink at a local eatery or watering hole.