“Odd But Essential Christian Beliefs” Series

Our next Theology on Tap series will be on “You Believe What?! Odd But Essential Christian Beliefs” with sessions on the Trinity, Incarnation and Resurrection, the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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The Trinity
September 9, 2008

Ms. Suzanne Hevelone

Christians believe and worship a God who is one, but also three. The mystery of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit was articulated at the Council of Nicaea in 325, but what does it mean? Using depictions of the Trinity in art as a way to explore the mystery of the triune God, we’ll examine this crucial Christian doctrine and its implications for Christians.

Suzanne Hevelone is completing her Ph.D. in Medieval Theology at Boston College. She also has a B.A. from Gordon College and an M.St. from Oxford University. Her dissertation explores the connections between the lives of the saints and sermons, focusing on the transmission of virtue to lay audiences. Suzanne is an adjunct professor at Gordon College and works at Boston College’s Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

Incarnation and Resurrection
September 16, 2008

Dr. Dominic Doyle

Incarnation and Resurrection are the central beliefs on which Christianity stands or falls. But compelling objections have be made against these core doctrines by people of good faith and an open mind. To respond to those objections, I present a few ways in which theologians down the ages have tried to “make sense” of these key convictions — not by attempting to prove them or to make them fully understandable, but rather by removing the charge of inconsistency in the objections, and by providing analogies that convey something of their intelligibility and personal resonance.

Originally from London, Dominic studied theology at the University of Cambridge, then, after two years teaching literature and history at an international school in Colombo, Sri Lanka, came to Boston for graduate studies at Harvard University and Boston College. He now teaches theology at Boston College’s new School of Theology and Ministry. His research interests include theological anthropology, philosophical theology, and spirituality, with a particular interest in the mediveal theologian, Thomas Aquinas, and in the twentieth century Jesuit thinker, Karl Rahner. His first book is on Christian humanism and he plans to write a second book on Modern Heresies. The movie will be released shortly for those who don’t have the time to read the book.

The Holy Spirit
September 23, 2008

Rev’d Marc Eames

Fr. Marc will be discussing the Holy Spirit as it was understood in the Patristic, Medieval, and Modern churches, with special emphasis on its diverging definition and significance in Christian Denominations in the twenty first century. Marc will also throw in some fun looks at the Holy Spirit found in American Culture.

The Rev. Marc Eames is the Curate at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, MA. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School specializing in Historical Theology. Since his time at the Advent, he has enjoyed a good beer with his theology.

The Blessed Virgin Mary
September 30, 2008

Rev’d Allan Warren

The Reverend Allan Bevier Warren III has been Rector of the Church of the Advent since 1999. Born in Virginia and raised in South Carolina, Father Warren received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University where he majored in philosophy and religion. He later studied at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

Fr. Warren met his late wife Polly while serving as Curate of the Church of the Transfiguration in New York. After marriage, they moved to Paris, France, where he had been appointed Canon Pastor of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (The American Cathedral). Returning to the States, Fr. Warren served as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Newton, Massachusetts.

The Warrens were first introduced to the Advent community when he was asked to become Assistant to the Rector, a position he held for three years before returning to New York as Rector of the Church of the Resurrection and Headmaster of the Resurrection Episcopal Day School on the Upper East Side. In July 1999 Fr. Warren accepted the call to become the fifteenth Rector of the Advent. He loves movies, likes to cook, and takes long bike rides when the weather permits.

Also – a TOT Special!
“The Spirit of Truth”
Monday, October 20, 2008

The Right Reverend M. Thomas Shaw, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

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