Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Group studies Moore's Writing in the Sand

Last month Barque reported that David Elliott’s adult seminar group plans to study Thomas Moore’s Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. Elliott shares the group’s initial discussion about Moore’s book in today’s post, "Writing in the Sand ― Introduction". After Elliott writes, "This first week of the study we basically wanted to get inside Thomas Moore’s head and let his words wash over us," he lists eight quotes from Moore’s introduction that resonate with the group; some with responses from group members. The last quote:
"Breaking free of reasonable, standard, but unconscious patterns of thought is what Jesus is about ... Jesus talks as a visitor unfamiliar with this reasoning and offers a way out of our stupidity. He assumes that we don’t have to live with wary paranoia, demonic violence and self-destructive narcissism ― three kinds of personal and cultural neuroses that threaten our existence." (p.xx).