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Arthur Holder, GTU Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality, will speak on Religious Experience as Sacred Text, at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library's Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts. A past president of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, he is the editor of The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and Christian Spirituality: The Classics (Routledge, 2010) and translator of The Venerable Bede: On the Song of Songs and Selected Writings (Paulist Press, 2011). The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, and will take place in the GTU Dinner Board Room at 7pm. A reception will precede the lecture at 6:30 pm.
Previous Sacred Texts lectures can be found here: /news-events/events/lecture-address/sacred-texts.
What does it really mean when you tell someone that “I can read you like a book”? What makes the “book” of human experience into a truly sacred text? When does experience become a challenge to the authority of the text, or a substitute for it? This lecture will explore the complex relationship of religious experience to sacred text in the history of Christian spirituality, from the ancient period of stone tablets to the current digital age.