Wednesdays of 2nd, 6th, and 8th Weeks, and Thursday of 4th Week
From 2.00 till 3:30 pm, followed by tea at Pusey House
The aim of the series is to provide an intensive introduction to some of the key periods, characters and ideas of Christian history.
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This Thursday, 3 December, at 5:30 pm, we will have a special service of Advent Lessons and Carols in the Pusey House Chapel to help us appreciate the hope and expectation of Advent. We will gather in darkness, and then begin the service in candlelight. The service is given shape by the Great 'O Antiphons', seven sentences based o Old Testament titles for the Messiah which are fulfilled and given their true sense by Christ (see below). The readings from the Bible, seasonal pieces sung by the choir, under the direction of Maks Adach, and some wonderful Advent carols and hymns, will help us to appreciate the riches of the season. As we hear more of the message of hope, we will move from darkness to light and celebrate the promise of the coming of the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, God with us.
Not so alien and unnatural after all - The role of Deification in Augustine’s Sermons
Stanley P. Rosenberg
Executive Director, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford
Faculty Member, Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology and Wycliffe Hall
UK Regional Director, Green Scholars Initiative
One typically reads that deification, or theosis, was the view held among the Eastern churches and something quite foreign to the West. In such works one finds Augustine presented as the preimenent champion of ransom theory as the way of understanding redemption. But then one reads in the City of God, “God Himself, the blessed God, who is the giver of blessedness, became partaker of our human nature, and thus offered us a short cut to participation in His own divine nature.” This sounds suspiciously like deification. Could this really be there? In fact, yes and it is what one should expect to find in Augustine. How could others’ readings of Augustine missed this? Such have arguably been preoccupied with only one portion of Augustine’s works—his books, unduly emphasized the anti-Pelagian writings, and confused Augustine’s doctrine of redemption with later formulations in the High Middle Ages, the Reformation and especially among the scholastic Reformers.
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