"Without any understanding of man's deep-seated urge to self-transcend, of his very reluctance to take the hard, ascending way, and his search for some bogus liberation either below or to one side of his personality, we cannot hope to make sense of our own particular period of history or indeed of history in general, of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. For this reason I propose to discuss some of the more common Grace-substitutes, into which and by means of which men and women have tried to escape from the tormenting consciousness of being merely themselves. .... human beings have felt the radical inadequacy of their personal existence, the misery of being their insulated selves and not something else, something wider, something in Wordsworthian phrase, 'far more deeply interfused'." (Aldous
Huxley, "Appendix" from The Devils of Loudun, Penguin Books, 1971, 313f.)

Course: In the beginning there was Genesis

Learning to read the revelation of God
JRobert Tilley 2
Starts Wednesday 4 March
The Old Testament prohibits people from making an image of God, and yet the first book of the Bible opens with God making an Image of Himself, namely humanity. What does this mean? As with the parables Jesus told, beneath the apparently simple meaning of the book of Genesis there is a world of hidden treasures; of an artistry and sophistication that scholars have only begun to explore.

As the first book of the Bible, it could be said that Genesis serves to set the stage for all that follows. From the fall, through the first murder, to the flood, the tower of Babel, and much else, all the way to the Cross and up to today Genesis has a good deal to say about the human condition. Genesis serves as an entrance into the Old Testament and thereby helps us to understand how it is we should read the Bible. But it also serves to help us to understand ourselves as well.

Dr Robert Tilley is a lecturer in biblical studies and ancient languages at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and in Christian literature at the Aquinas Academy.

Presenter: Dr Robert Tilley
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: Four Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 4, 18, 25 March & 1 April, 2020
Cost: $150 per person

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