Deus and Dumbledore: The Christian God and Jesus in Harry Potter
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 p.m., Ellis Hall
From the time the first Harry Potter book hit the shelves, Christians have debated how to interpret the series. This talk will discuss one a subset of that broader issue: Is there something like the Christian God in the Harry Potter series? In order to answer this question, a historical overview of how Christians interpret God’s identity (the Doctrine of God) will be offered alongside a discussion of whether there is a character or a value that reflects the way Christians understand God in the Harry Potter series. In so doing, this talk will hopefully encourage participants not only to draw conclusions about God’s identity within the Harry Potter series but also to help them think critically about how they understand who God is in their own faith lives. This talk is suitable to youth and adults alike and will be interactive throughout.
Anne Emanuel, “Judge Elbert P. Tuttle”
Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m. in Ellis Hall
Anne S. Emanuel teaches in the areas of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, and in the areas of Wills & Trusts and Fiduciary Administration at Georgia State University. She is a graduate of the Emory University College of Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Emory Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Elbert Tuttle was an All Saints’ parishioner, vestry member, and helped lead All Saints’ into the Civil Rights movement. Her recent book on Judge Tuttle, Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution, was released in October.
Jeffrey Small: Who Goes to Heaven?
Perspectives on Eternal Life from the World’s Religions
Author and scholar Jeffrey Small presented a lively presentation on the ancient origins of the concept of resurrection as well as comparative views of heaven and eternal life in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Ideas presented: What can we learn from traditions that are different from our own that may enlighten our views on the meaning of salvation? How can we view eternal life not as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of our lives but instead find salvation during this life?
The Ann Evans Woodall Lecture
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Lecture by Peter Hawkins, PhD
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 7:00 p.m. • in the church
All Saints’ featured a lecture by renown Dante scholar Peter Hawkins of Yale University. Professor Hawkins’ work has long centered on Dante, most recently in Dante: A Brief History (2006); Dante’s Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination (winner of a 2001 AAR Book Prize); and The Poets’ Dante: Twentieth-Century Reflections, of which he was editor. From 2000 to 2008 he directed the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts at Boston University. He serves on the editorial board of the PMLA and on the selection committee for the Luce Fellows in Theology, and is regional representative for the Conference on Christianity and Literature.
Sacred Shrines: Lecture & Tour of Al-Farooq Masjid
April 26; Lecture 10:20 a.m., Tour 2 p.m.
Al-Farooq Masjid (the 14th Street Mosque) was established as a religious institution devoted to the service of the international Muslim community of greater Atlanta. On Sunday, April 26 there was a lecture about the history of the community and a tour of their beautiful new facility.
The First Christmas Conference
with Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan
December 12-13 2008
On Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13, All Saints’ hosted renown Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan as they help us to explore the nativity story as it is told in Matthew and Luke. Borg and Crossan, who had both visited All Saints’ before as Woodall lecturers, returned to our parish to help us see the story of Christ’s birth with new eyes and help us to answer the question “What does this mean?” both in its original first century context and in the context of our modern world. Based on their new book of the same title, The First Christmas was a conference open to theologians and laity. The Friday night session opened with the Atlanta premier of “Phos Hilaron,” a multi-media performance art production based on The First Christmas and featuring the authors reading from their book. For more information: www.faithandreason.org.