Sunday Lectures

THE RELEVANCE OF C.S. LEWIS TODAY

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02 - 18 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-02-18 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

C.S. Lewis is one of the greatest writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. In this lecture, Dr. Markos will consider the enduring legacy of C. S. Lewis, assess why he has had such a profound impact on twentieth-century readers, examine his remarkable range as an author, and survey the key events and people who helped shape his life, thought, and work. This is an important lecture as C.S. Lewis’ writings remarkably resonate in today’s uncertain world.

FLOOD RESILIENCE IN HOUSTON

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03 - 04 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-03-04 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

According to environmental attorney and professor, Jim Blackburn, “It is doubtful that any city in the United States, or the world, could have handled 40 inches of rain in 3.5 days or even 16 inches in 24 hours. However, the extent of damages and misery can be substantially reduced the next time. The task for Houston going forward is to adopt a series of policies and actions that can and will make a difference. Albert Einstein said, ‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.’ This is Houston’s challenge—to think boldly and creatively to develop ideas and policies that are, indeed, different.” You will not want to miss this important lecture as it impacts all Houstonians!

PUEBLA, MEXICO: The New "Hot" Destination

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03 - 11 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-03-11 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Last Fall, the Wall Street Journal named Puebla, Mexico as its #2 in its listing of top destinations for travel in 2018, this in spite of considerable damage by a violent earthquake in September. Just a two and a half hour car drive from Mexico City (and less than a two hour flight from Houston) Puebla is one Mexico's most historic cities, as well as being one of its most visually beautiful. It is the home of the gastronomic delight mole, talavara pottery, and Cinco de Mayo. Colonial churches abound, including an imposing cathedral adjacent to one of the most vibrant and beautiful central squares in the Americas. There are dozens of museums, including the amazing Museum of the International Baroque which opened last year and was designed by the Pritzker prize-winning architect, Toyo Ito. The huge and fascinating modern structure reflects the vibrant baroque style of the colonial city itself and has been called "the most important new art museum in North America." As if this were all not enough, Puebla is home to a new hotel that provides an extraordinary welcome to this jewel of a city. Travel with Barry to the virtually undiscovered PUEBLA, MEXICO!

MIND THE GAP: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help us Understand Jesus

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03 - 18 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-03-18 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

To understand Jesus of Nazareth, his apostles, and the rise of early Christianity, reading the Old Testament is not enough. In his new book, Mind the Gap, Rice religion scholar Matthias Henze argues that to understand the Jewish world from which Jesus emerged, we need to read ancient Jewish texts outside the Bible. These texts such as different Old Testaments, the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls help explore the four-century gap between the Old and New Testaments and shed light on what the Jews of the Second Temple period and Jesus and his followers might have read. The New Testament assumes that we are familiar with Jewish beliefs and practices of the first-century Israel, when, in fact, most of us are not. But if Jesus was a practicing Jew, and if we know little about his Judaism, how can we understand Jesus, his life and message? This lecture and Matthias Henze’s book broadens the understanding of early Judaism and early Christianity.