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Evenings with American Lit.: A Conversation on Reading with Gospel Eyes

Dec. 4 - "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" and "A Southern City with Northern Problems" by Hunter S. Thompson. Discussion led by Pastor Josh Thomas.

Meeting at South End Sunergos - 306 W Woodlawn Ave.

(Note: Changed time to 7:00pm)

This fall Sojourn Arts will host a series of evening discussions to facilitate a conversation over a selection of post-1945 American Literature. We will discuss what we’ve read (from the selected works) and learned (from lectures and documentaries) asking crucial questions about their writings and how the gospel and church answers these emotions, desires, and questions.

Christians study the Bible primarily to understand our world. However, we should study the writings and thoughts from our culture as well in order see the traces of God’s Word in their messages and learn to respond with God’s truth to our culture in a way that resonates with our particular cultural underpinnings (some of these underpinnings come from this era of post-1945 American literature).

We want to read a wide range of post-1945 American authors to answer three questions:

  • What themes of desire, hope, guilt, shame, fears, dreams, and angst arising from the text?
  • How does the author’s articulation of these elements at work in the current American cultural and social landscape? How does this describe us?
  • Finally, how does the gospel and church of Jesus Christ address these elements and issues typified in these writings and our broader American culture? What specifically, are God’s answers to this heart and soul permutations?