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CHAPEL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Wednesday Evening Book Group

a.k.a. Science and Theology Dialogue

a.k.a. Adult Non-Sunday School

List of Book and Film Titles
This history of our reading is a work in progress. Our group has had a variety of incarnations over the years. The earliest that I recall in my time here was a small group that met at the Coffee Roaster (one of a series of failed restaurants in the “cursed” former gas station at the corner of Salisbury and Robinson); we used to meet at 8:30 a.m. and then hightail it back to 545 Hayes for the 10:00 service. I’m not even sure of the dates (2001? 2002?). Peter led the group in those days.
As time passed, I somehow inherited leadership of the group, and the group shifted its meeting times—hence our erstwhile name of “Adult Non-Sunday School.” So far, by going through old bulletins and e-bulletins and by staring at the shelves in our library, I’ve been able to ascertain records as far back as 2006. I know there are other books that we’ve definitely (or probably) read, but I can’t place dates for them yet; I’ll list those first. As they say in academia, further research is called for.
Mark Thomas
Books for which I don’t have a specific date yet—but which I’m sure we’ve read!
Karen Armstrong, Islam: A Short History (I think we read this one.)
Marcus Borg, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
Shusako Endo, Silence (trans. William Johnston)
Bruce Feiler, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ

Jean-Yves Leloup, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Norman Mailer, The Gospel According to the Son
Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life (I’m pretty sure we read this.)
Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (We read at least one other Elaine Pagels book at some point, but I’m drawing a blank as to which one. It could have been The Gnostic Gospels, or The Origin of Satan, or Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. Why wasn’t I writing these titles down as we went along?)
Richard E. Rubenstein, When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome
Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
Jim Wallis, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It
2006
Spring 2006
February 14 (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.): J. Philip Newell, Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality
March 7 (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.): Esther de Waal, Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality
April 18 (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.): Thomas Keating, Manifesting God
Summer 2006
June 20, July 25 (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.): Michelle Goldberg, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
Fall 2006

Adult Non-Sunday School” morphs into “Science & Religion Dialogue” at about this point . . . (This was when we had a tentative connection with the Metanexus Foundation via Professor Thomas Ryba at St. Tom’s. Also, the establishment of our Meditation Group on Tuesdays necessitated a time change.)

September 28 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.): Barbara Brown Taylor, The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion
October 29, November 5 and 12 (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.): The Dalai Lama, The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
November 19 (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.): Ursula Goodenough, The Sacred Depths of Nature
2007
Spring 2007 (beginning of new schedule: second and fourth Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.)
January 10 and 24: Ursula Goodenough, The Sacred Depths of Nature (continued from fall 2006)
February 14 and 28: Richard Powers, The Echo Maker

March 14 and 28: Francis Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief


April 11 and 25: Carl Sagan (ed. Ann Druyan), The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God
Summer 2007
June 13: Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth
June 27: A Catechism of Creation, published by the Episcopal Church’s Committee on Science, Technology, and Faith; available at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/science.htm
July 11: Film, Wings of Desire (dir. Wim Wenders, 1987)
July 25: Film, Inherit the Wind (dir. Stanley Kramer, 1960)

Fall 2007

September 12 and 26: Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
October 10: Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath, The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
October 24, November 28: Kenneth Miller, Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between Science and Evolution (There are notes in the weekly e-bulletins indicating that the discussion of Miller carried over into January 2008. There also seem to have been plans to read and discuss E. O. Wilson’s The Creation, but I don’t think that ever happened.)
2008
Spring 2008
January 23: Kenneth Miller, Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between Science and Evolution (continued from fall 2007)
February 13 and 27: Adam Nicolson, God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible (Announcements for this book note that the group wanted to “branch out” from “science and religion” titles.)
March 26, April 9, May 14: Elizabeth Johnson, She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse


Summer 2008
June 11 and 25: Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
Fall 2008
Science & Religion Dialogue” morphs into “Wednesday Evening Book Group” right about here . . .

September 10 and 24: Gene Robinson, In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God

October 22: Film, For the Bible Tells Me So (dir. Daniel Karslake, 2007) (in conjunction with OUToberfest 2008; originally scheduled for October 8)
November 12: Garry Wills, What Paul Meant
2009
Spring 2009
January 14: Garry Wills, What Paul Meant (continued from fall 2008)
February 11 and 25: Richard A. Burridge, Faith Odyssey: A Journey through Life (There was a delay in getting copies of this book because it was out of print.)
March 25, April 22: Phyllis Tickle: The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
Summer 2009
June 10: C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
June 24: Anne Rice, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
July 8 and 22: Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Fall 2009
September 9: Christopher Moore, Lamb (continued from summer 2009)
September 23: C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
October 7, November 11: Susan Howatch, Glittering Images
December 2: Film, Shadowlands (dir. Norman Stone, 1985 BBC version)
2010

Spring 2010

January 13 and 27: John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die
February 10 and 24: James Griffiss, The Anglican Vision
March 10 and 24: David J. Wolpe, Why Faith Matters
April 14 and 28: Chris Yaw, Jesus Was an Episcopalian (and You Can Be One Too!)
Summer 2010
June 9 and 23, July 28: Diana Butler Bass, A People’s History of Christianity
Fall 2010
September 8, October 13: James P. Carse, The Religious Case Against Belief
October 27 and November 10: Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
December 8: Film, Far Away, So Close! (dir. Wim Wenders, 1993)
2011
Spring 2011
January 12 and 26: Martin Buber, I and Thou (trans. Walter Kauffman)
February 9 and 23: Nicholas Wade, The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures
March 9 and 23: Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History
April 13 and 27: Voltaire, Candide: or, Optimism (trans. Theo Cuffe)

Fall 2011 (We discontinued meeting in the summer at this point.)

September 14 and 28: Rob Bell, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
October 12 and 26, November 9: Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be
December 14: Film, Defending Your Life (dir. Albert Brooks, 1991)
2012
Spring 2012
January 11 and 25: Forrest Church, So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle Over Church and State
February 8 and March 7: Nancey Murphy and Warren S. Brown, Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will
March 28: Special event at St. John’s Episcopal Church: Charles Dickens Bicentenary Book Discussion (including “light desserts in the Victorian style”)
April 11 and 25: Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture
Fall 2012
September 12 and 16: Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation (trans. Caridad Inda and John Eagleson)
October 10 and 24: Terry Eagleton, Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate
November 14 and 28: Lauren Winner, Girl Meets God: A Memoir

December 12: Film, Joyeux Noel (dir. Christian Carlon, 2005)

2013
Spring 2013
January 23: Bryan Berghoef, Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God
February 27: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (trans. John W. Doberstein)
The group went on hiatus in March 2013 because of Purdue’s spring break and Holy Week.
April 10 and 24: Joan Chittister, Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir
Fall 2013
September 11 and 25: Phyllis Theroux, The Good Bishop: The Life of Walter F. Sullivan (Peter led the September discussions; Bishop Sullivan was the bishop who ordained Peter as a Roman Catholic priest.)
October 9 and 23: Gene Robinson, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage (The October discussions were in conjunction with Bishop Robinson’s visit to Good Shepherd and Purdue on October 27-28.)
A follow-up discussion on Bishop Robinson’s visit was originally scheduled for November 13, and then for December 11, but had to be rescheduled for January 22, 2014.
2014
Spring 2014
January 22: Follow-up discussion of Bishop Robinson’s visit
February 12 and March 12: Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher, Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy (A discussion scheduled for February 26 was cancelled because of bad weather.)

March 26 and April 23: John Dear, Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action

Fall 2014
September 10 and 24, October 8: S. Brent Plate, A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses
October 22 and November 12: Elaine Pagels, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation
December 3: Film, The Princess Bride (dir. Rob Reiner, 1987)
2015
Spring 2015 (beginning of new monthly schedule: second Wednesday of month)
January 14: C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
February 11: Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
March 11: Marcus J. Borg, Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning—and How They Can Be Restored (Professor Borg passed away on January 21, 2015, and we chose the book in his memory; by coincidence, the discussion took place on what would have been his 73rd birthday.)
April 8: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Fall 2015
September 9: Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
October 14: Philip Gulley and James Mulholland, If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person
November 11: Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath

December 3: Film, Chocolat (dir. Lasse Hallstrom, 2000)

2016
Spring 2016
No meeting in January (scheduling conflict)
February 3: Sara Miles, City of God: Faith in the Streets (one week early because of Ash Wednesday on the 10th)
March 9: Colm Toibin, The Testament of Mary
April 13: Film, Spotlight (dir. Tom McCarthy, 2015)
Fall 2016
September 7: Flo Morse, The Story of the Shakers
October 12 and November 9: Robert P. Jones, The End of White Christian America
December 14: First three episodes of the BBC-TV series Rev. (2010)
2017
Spring 2017
No meeting in January (scheduling conflict)

February 8: Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness


March 8: Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
April 12: Film, Silence (dir. Martin Scorsese, 2016) (Note: Once upon a time, the group read and discussed Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, upon which this film is based; but I have no clear record of when we did that.)

Fall 2017
September 6: Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

October 11: J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

November 8: Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People
December 13: Film, The Way (dir. Emilio Estevez, 2010)
2018
Spring 2018
January 10: “Millennials and Religion” – discussion of three online articles:
Alex McFarland, “Ten Reasons Millennials Are Backing Away from God and Christianity” Fox News, April 30, 2017
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/04/30/ten-reasons-millennials-are-backing-away-from-god-and-christianity.html
Libby Anne, “Why Are Millennials Leaving Christianity? Fox News Has No Idea”

Love, Joy, Feminism blog, Patheos, December 13, 2017
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2017/12/why-are-millennials-leaving-christianity-fox-news-has-no-idea.html
Rachel Held Evans, “Want Millennials Back in the Pews? Stop Trying to Make Church ‘Cool’” Washington Post, April 30, 2015
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jesus-doesnt-tweet/2015/04/30/fb07ef1a-ed01-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html?utm_term=.c25d9cc8ae93
February 7 and March 7: Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
April 11: Film, Life Is Beautiful (dir. Roberto Benigni, 1997)
MCT 4/23/18






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