We’ve been doing Bookklub for at least 7 years, usually at Upstream Brewery downtown Wednesday night at 9pm upstairs. We most recently read “Economics without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism” by Joseph Heath, and prior to that, “Call to Discernment in Troubled Times” by Fr. Brackley, and prior to that “Worldly Philosophers” by Heilbroner. We have previously read a wide variety of books stretching from literature to politics, theology to philosophy, and a lot of history– both Church history and regular history.
We were saving up another theological work for when our friend Terry Crowe, theology professor recently retired from Marquette University, moved down to Omaha to relocate. Now he is here, and now we are reading “Heresies” by Harold O.J. Brown, which is an introduction to historical Heresies.
People don’t often study heresies (people don’t often study theology for that matter) but it is a great way to think into the Christian faith and understand why theological orthodoxy has responded to various variations. Harold O.J. Brown was an evangelical who was educated at Harvard, and he is quite open minded and open handed in his approach, and also quite funny and well rounded. He is charitable and thoughtful. Brown was my (Andy) masters thesis advisor at Trinity, and I took a few courses from him and went on expeditions skiing and hiking with him as well. He was a great man and a great mentor.
Anyone is welcome to join us. Let me know and I’ll send you the reading! We are doing chapters 3, and possibly part of 4 this week (June 24th).