Before my Christmas break, I started a series of posts on the work of Peter Rollins, in response to a comment from Monty. For readers in Northern Ireland, this week offers the opportunity for them to hear Rollins speak for himself.
On Sunday 8 January in the Black Box, Belfast, 7.30-9.00 pm, Rollins will be speaking on ‘Getting the Joke of Christianity.’
He describes it this way on his own blog:
On the 8th January I will be giving a talk in Belfast (at the Black Box) that delves into some of the themes I introduced in Insurrection. By drawing together Laurel and Hardy, David Brent, the Crucifixion and Gargoyles I will be attempting to outline how the heart of Christianity exposes the reality that we are the brunt of a huge cosmic joke while simultaneously inviting us to laugh along rather than being its comic foil.
I will also be arguing that the actually existing church has largely repressed the reality of this cosmic joke, refusing to see it and thus remaining its victim.
So if you would like to find out what the joke is sign up here. And if you are expecting this to be a stand-up routine you will be sorely disappointed!
Also, if there is anyone out there who can record the talk that would be a real help.
I unfortunately won’t be able to attend Rollins’ talk, because I’ll be in Texas preparing for the Houston Marathon.
I do however have a digital recorder I can lend to someone if they are able to record Rollins’ talk – please get in touch with me before Thursday if you can help.
Rollins is also planning a residential event in Corrymeela, near Ballycastle, 13-15 January.
I plan to continue my series of responses to Monty in the days ahead.