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Lunchtime Conversation: The Text in Play

Tuesday 4th February, 12.30-2.30. Session led by Rachel Muers

The text in play copyLunchtime Conversations is a book club for theological books. On the first Tuesday of each month a group of between 10 and 20 people from different theological backgrounds meet in LCI’s library to discuss a particular title over a bite to eat. Topics so far have ranged from how language is always contextual, to whether the church can be fully church without embracing those who are disabled by society. Each session is led by a member of the group. Anybody is welcome – you don’t have to have read the book being discussed, in fact after the session we hope that you might want to borrow it from the library!

In The Text in Play, Mike Higton and Rachel Muers conduct a series of experiments in the reading of Scripture. They experiment in the first place with a form of Christian theological exegesis of the Bible that they call “serious play”–a form of reading beyond the literal sense that is nevertheless serious about the ethical, historical, and textual responsibilities of the reader. They experiment in the second place with the practice called Scriptural Reasoning–in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims read and argue over their respective Scriptures together–and argue that the practice makes deep sense for “seriously playful” Christian readers. This constitutes the most detailed and developed account of Scriptural Reasoning yet published.

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