[AUG 2] Thoughts of God
By: Andy Colebrooke - Circle Books, $12.95
Description: Thoughts of God explores the life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan by bringing the film The Man Who Knew Infinity into meaningful conversation with biblical themes of faith and exile, friendship with God, the longing for home, and the nature of truth.
This five-week course offers a thought-provoking engagement with the fundamental issues of life, love and faith while providing background information, discussion starters, liturgies and questions for personal reflection.
Verdict: Explaining that what he means by Thoughts of God, author Andy Colebrooke explains that the book title relates to both what he himself thinks about God along with (he adds, knowingly presumptuously) God’s own thoughts.
As we all know, thoughts about God - in any way, shape or form - will always fall under the heading of theology: what we can legitimately say about God and God’s relation to the world, summarized in a series of doctrines.
Ergo, God’s own thoughts cannot be known unless God chooses to reveal them, of course. Those thoughts are the ones God articulates for us through his word, through nature, through personal revelation, and supremely through his son, Jesus Christ.
Thus both meanings of the title will find their place in this five-week Lent course as it looks at the intriguing story of two very different personalities, who worked together at the time of the first world war: Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematics phenomenon from Madras, India, and the Cambridge don G.H. Hardy.
In what is the most perfect time to engage with questions of God and what it means to be human at a deeper level, Thoughts of God: A Lent Course Based on the Film ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ intriguingly offers up a wealth of information to allow for both individual and/or group studies to tangentially be formed.
Creatively putting Scripture within the conversation of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), this then allows for the conversation, as a whole, to expand, to deepen the now layered conversation, which at the very same time encourages us to embrace our own theological beliefs in a way that then allows us to willingly probe a little deeper too.
Simply put, this Lent course explores discipleship and the interface between religious faith and the scientific endeavor in a fresh and creative way and for that there can be no better reason to allow yourself to open the pages and dive right in.
About the Author - Andy Colebrooke is a retired Anglican priest with many years’ experience of leading and devising Lent groups and other short courses. With a background in physics at university, he taught mathematics in schools for more than a decade before ordination.
With a conviction that science and faith need not be enemies he is the author of Science and Religion - the spirituality of James Clerk Maxwell. He now lives in Saffron Walden in Essex with his wife Hazel.
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