When Apostle Paul Meets Chinua Achebe

When Apostle Paul Meets Chinua Achebe

This semester, I am teaching two classic books in World Literature, in two different locations: one at my job ‪#‎IRSC‬ , the other at my Church: ‪#‎CalvaryPSL‬. Both books were written by two dead dudes. The first dude is Africa’s premier literary giant, the founder of modern African literature, and a fervent apologist of African cultural traditions and pre-colonial African civilizations. The second dude is Christianity’s premier theologian, thinker, and an unapologetic defender of the Christian Faith. Some individuals even call him the Founder of Christianity.

Paul (Apostle Paul, as some people have called him) wrote, what some religious scholars, thinkers, and theologians believe as, the greatest letter ever written in modern history, and history of thought: The Book of Paul to the Christians at Rome–which he wrote about A.D. 56-57 from the city of Corinth. Chinua Achebe wrote “Things Fall Apart” (1958), the foundational text that gave birth to modern African literature.

You, Facebook friends, can’t enroll in my IRSC course on Achebe. Sorry, it’s too late. Nonetheless, if you live in the Treasure Coast area in Florida, you are cordially invited to sign up for my Lifegroup class on the Letter of Paul to the Romans. I am sure it is possible to bring both Paul and Achebe in conversation about the things of God, and God’s relationship with humanity and the world.
Please allow me to inform you about the class on Paul:

The class meets once a week on Thursday night, at 7:00 PM. Child care will be provided. Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 4.

Class Description

Next meeting: Thu. February 04, 2016 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meets every Thursday effective 2/4/2016 until 5/5/2016 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location — where do we meet?
Name St. James Shine Building

Address
5555 NW St. James Drive
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34983

Summary
According to faith in Jesus. So “there is no difference” now between Jews and Gentiles (Romans 3:22). The call to unity is just as relevant to us today as we continue to face tensions in the body of Christ. May we hear and respond to God’s call to us in Romans. Lessons under the guidance of one of the world’s leading and most loved Bible teachers and preachers, John Stott, include inductive study, application, commentary, prayer helps, and leader guidelines. Children Children are welcome Start date 2/4/2016

Course Registration Process

The process takes only 2 minutes. First, create a user name online at Calvary Port St. Lucie.

After creating the account, you will be sent an email to verify your account.

After email verification, go back to register for the course:

https://ccpslpbifl.infellowship.com/GroupSearch/Show…

Next, tollow these easy 5 step process to sing up for the course

1. Campus: St. James

2.Category: Life Groups

3. Weekdays: Thursday

4. Search

5. Click on Mixed Gender – Romans: Encountering the Gospel’s Power
to register.

Look forward to seeing you there

Celucien L. Joseph, PhD (Docteur Lou)
Life Group Facilitator
Calvary PSL
Assistant Professor of English
Co-Advisor to the Haitian Cultural Club (HaitianculturalAwareness At Irsc)
IRSC – Indian River State College
Port St. Lucie, Florida

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My new book:Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity

Dear Friends and Faithful Readers: I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new book, Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity

Project Summary

Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity (Hope Outreach Productions, 2016) Authored by Celucien L Joseph, PhD

List Price: $19.99
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
160 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1523393206
ISBN-10: 1523393203
BISAC: Religion / Comparative Religion

Book Summary

Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance articulates the religious ideas and vision of Wole Soyinka in his non-fiction writings. It also analyzes Soyinka’s response to religious violence, terror, and the fear of religious imperialism. The book suggests the theoretical notions of radical humanism and generous tolerance best summarize Soyinka’s religious ideals and religious piety.

In response to religious violence and fanaticism in the world, Soyinka turns to the ethics and values of humanism as a better alternative to religious exclusivism and claims of absolute truths, and as a way to promote global peace, planetary love, and cultivate interreligious dialogue and understanding. Soyinka’s radical humanism is grounded in the religious ethos and sensibility, and the moral vision of the Yoruba people, as well as in the Western theistic Humanist tradition and secularism.

Through a close reading of Soyinka’s religious works, the book argues that African traditional religions could be used as a catalyst to promote religious tolerance and human solidarity, and that they may also contribute to the preservation of life, and the fostering of an ethics of care and relationality. Soyinka brings in conversation Western Humanist tradition and African indigenous Humanist tradition for the sake of the world, for the sake of global shalom, and for the sake of human flourishing.

Celucien L. Joseph, PhD (University of Texas at Dallas) is an Assistant Professor of English at Indian River State College.

The book can be purchased on amazon by clicking on the link below:

Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity