How to Do (Religious) Things with Words
A lecture by internationally acclaimed author, Francis Spufford
Friday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m.
The General Theological Seminary 440 West 21st Street New York, NY 10011
Religious writing comes in a dizzy variety of forms and genres, from compendia of systematic theology to parish newsletters, by way of sermons, prayers, meditations and even novels. But from the writer's point of view, there are a few essential elements from which many of these complex structures are built up. Over and over again, the things Christians do with words call on our capacities for explanation, for story-telling, and for liturgy. What does it mean to do these things well? And what effect should it have on our words that we are followers of an embodied, incarnational religion?
Francis Spufford is a British writer, the author of Red Plenty, which Dwight Garner described in The New York Times as "delivering on every promise," and the often-praised but occasionally-damned Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense, an attempt at a Christian apologetics for the post-religious world. He teaches in the writing MFA program at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
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