“Boredom: The Root of All Evil? Kierkegaard as Antidote to Ennui”

 Our January series “Theology for Thine Ox and Thine Ass: On Work, Rest, and Ennui” continues at 7 pm this coming Tuesday at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill with the presentation beginning at 7:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

“Boredom: The Root of All Evil? Kierkegaard as Antidote to Ennui”


Mr. Adam C. Rutledge, Ph.D. (Cand.) Brandeis University, Department of English

Is it possible that boredom is the root of all evil?  Our culture is  full of praise for the avant-garde, for the surprising, for all things  new.  Through the lens of Søren Kierkegaard’s short essay on ennui, “The  Rotation of Crops,” this talk will explore topics in art, literature,  and culture in an attempt to answer the question:  What is the  relationship between the interesting life and the good life?

Adam  Rutledge is finishing a PhD on religious themes in literary modernism in  the English Department at Brandeis University, and he has a master’s  degree in Religion and Literature from Yale Divinity School.  His  interests include Aesthetics, the relationship between Philosophy,  Theology, and Literature, Medieval Latin Literature, and the History of  the Book.  He currently works in the investment group of a trust firm in  Boston’s financial district.


In this series we look at how the Gospel of Jesus Christ informs and transforms our relationship to work and rest, including such topics as:
  • Why the calling to love and follow Jesus Christ is the root of every other calling
  • The Trinitarian doctrines of creation and redemption as models for work and leisure
  • What the Bible teaches, in the Old and New Covenants, about our work and the Sabbath
  • How Christian community, the world’s needs, and your skills inform your vocation
  • The Gospel’s interruption of our frantic and busy modern lives characterized by boredom
  • You need a break: Sabbath-as-refreshment, delight and restoration through Grace
  • Trusting the Lord of the Sabbath: Resting in a world of anxiety, worry and exhaustion

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