Jesus and Uncle Tom: How our cultural blinkers hinder us in the search for truth

The October meeting, entitled Jesus and Uncle Tom: How our cultural blinkers hinder us in the search for truth was led by Revd David Lawrence. Using the context of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, David introduced the basic idea that a word or action can only bear a meaning in the culture in which it is enacted. Three main concepts, which could be used as the primary lens through which to view biblical stories, were described. These were the importance of honour; the idea of limited good (static society); and an agonistic society. David used these ideas to give interpretations of some of the actions of Jesus. The next meeting, Faith, Trust and the Freedom to Think will be led by Revd Robert Crompton and takes place on Thursday 8th November at 7.30pm at Christ Church Hall. For further details, tel: 01684 565708.

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