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Sundays with Donne

We start a new series of monthly meetups devoted to the readings of the sermons and poems of John Donne.  As our journeys progress, we will engage with other artists of the spirit seeking speech - philosophers such as Tillich, Kierkegaard, and Ekhart.

To kick things off, we start with a live read of a sermon on Psalm 38.2 "For Thine arrows stick fast in me, and Thy hand presseth me sore."  This sermon was the first of a series of six sermons preached at Lincoln's Inn in the spring/summer of 1618 on Psalm 38 (three of these were on line 4).

In these sermons Donne follows the conventional method - used from the Middle Ages and before down through and past Donne's own time - of preaching on spiritual texts by treating the text in three ways: "historically" as a poem by David, "by application" as moral instruction sent through David by the Holy Ghost, and "by figure" as forward looking to the life of Christ.

Join us as we listen and discuss the thoughts of a great Poet speaking about . . . Poetry.

After all, Poetry is Philosophy in it's purest form.

Of course we can't do Donne without some poems:

We will precede the sermon with "Good Friday, 1613 Riding Westward"

And "At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners", read by Richard Burton:

After the reading we will close with "A Hymn To Christ, at the Author's Last Going Into Germany" (he wrote this when he was very ill):

And, since this meetup is held at Globe Pub, at this point in our "Sundays with Donne" the following should be a fitting final close: "The Extasie" -

A copy of the sermon is available under the CPM menu "More-Files"

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  • Brian

    I just bought Kierkegaards Upbuilding discourses. I bet we can make our way through that, too.

    1 · September 26, 2014

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