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Thoughts of God: A Lent Course Based on the Film 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' Paperback – August 2, 2022
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Thoughts of God explores the life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan by bringing the film The Man Who Knew Infinity into meaningful conversation with biblical themes of faith and exile, friendship with God, the longing for home, and the nature of truth. This five-week course offers a thought-provoking engagement with the fundamental issues of life, love and faith while providing background information, discussion starters, liturgies and questions for personal reflection.
Lent is an opportunity to engage with questions of God and what it means to be human at a deeper level. This book provides an imaginative and stimulating way in, both for individual and group study. For some it will be surprising, for some it will be challenging, but the stories represented in movies can lead us deeper into discovering who we are in the light of a God who loves and redeems. I commend this book to you. -- Revd Professor David Wilkinson, St John's College, Durham University.
Thoughts of God is a first-rate group Lenten study putting Scripture into meaningful and delightful conversation with the film, The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015). Theology is at its core the conversation between God's story and our stories. That is, as we experience, what the best of sermons do each week. To deepen that conversation, Colebrooke has brought together relevant scriptural texts with the real-life story of the Hindu mathematician Ramanujan's interaction with the Cambridge don and atheist G. H. Hardy. As the film invites viewers to empathize with the humanity of this young Indian family, it encourages us to extend our theological probings concerning our own humanity. Here is the dialogue between Bible and film at its best. Highly recommended. -- Robert K. Johnston, Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Reel Spirituality (2006), God's Wider Presence (2014), and God in the Movies (2017), with Catherine Barsotti).
This Lent course is refreshingly original and yet highly relevant and contemporary to many of the issues facing society and the Christian church today. I knew nothing of Srinivasa Ramanujan until I was sent this book, but his life and work, wonderfully portrayed in the film, has been beautifully woven into the five sessions that make for a truly engaging course. The complexity of the mathematics doesn't interfere with understanding an exciting and intriguing story, that will encourage some lively and fruitful conversations, and I will be recommending it to parishes in my patch. -- The Venerable Robin King, Archdeacon of Stansted.
If you are looking for a Lent Course which explores discipleship and the interface between religious faith and the scientific endeavour in a fresh and creative way, Thoughts of God is for you. Anchored in a friendship which featured in a 2015 movie, The Man Who Knew Infinity, this new course illuminates philosophical and theological truths and tensions in a way which speaks to both head and heart and is anchored in everyday human realities. -- The Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, Society of Ordained Scientists, Bishop of Swindon.
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Andy Colebrooke is a retired Anglican priest with many years' experience of leading and devising Lent groups and other short courses. With a background in physics at university, he taught mathematics in schools for more than a decade before ordination. With a conviction that science and faith need not be enemies he is the author of Science and Religion - the spirituality of James Clerk Maxwell. He now lives in Saffron Walden in Essex with his wife Hazel.
- Publisher : Circle Books (August 2, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 104 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785359711
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785359712
- Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.26 x 8.61 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,005,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First, I do NOT observe “Lent,” but author Andy Colebrooke, a retired physics teacher and Anglican priest, says, “Although it was designed for Lent, it is in fact suitable for any time of year, in a variety of settings.” Second, I am not personally fond of devotional type small group study books, but if I have to read one, I would prefer that it be based directly on the Bible rather than some man-made film, even though the story told is quite interesting. At first, I wondered how the interaction between a Hindu and an atheist could possibly increase one’s understanding of Biblical principles. Having said that, I will also have to say that while I may not agree with every observation by Mr. Colebrooke, there is a lot of fascinating and beneficial material in this book. The third session on “What Is Truth?” is especially noteworthy.