“The Existential Art of Flannery O’Connor: A Three-Part Series”

Theology on Tap returns in March! 

Join us at 7 p.m. on the following evenings for “The Existential Art of Flannery O’Connor:  A Three-Part Series” by Mr. Adam Rutledge at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill at 384 Boylston St. with the presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Flannery OConnor

When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal ways of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock — to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the blind you draw large and startling figures.” – O’Connor, Mystery and Manners

  • Tuesday, March 11th
  • Monday, March 17th
  • Tuesday, March 25th

What does it mean to be a Christian writer in the modern age?  An age in which many believe they have moved beyond faith, beyond the need for metaphysical truth claims, beyond the need for God?  Through close readings of several of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, including A Good Man is Hard to Find, Parker’s Back, and Revelation, this series will explore the answer to that question as given by one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic and engaging writers.

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.

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