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Welcome to LAST SUPPER RED!!
What if laughter and hilarity are sacred? Might prayer be less about words and more about how we position ourselves before Mystery? What if God is less like Santa Claus and more like air? What if we are defined more by "Original Blessing" than "Original Sin?" Would Christianity flourish if we followed Jesus instead of worshipping him? What if "the Kingdom of God" has much less to do with the hereafter and is instead a here-and-now countercultural idea and reality with political and economic consequences?
Q paints a portrait of Snark chewing "on a rancid cud of resentment," eventually being swallowed-up by "an ego-shaped black hole of resentful bitterness.
- What's your own history with resentments? What . . . don't have any? You're well ahead of most of us!
- Do Q's metaphors for resentments and the consequences of harboring them speak to you? Why or why not?
- The actress Carrie Fisher has said, "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." What do you make of her take on it?
- In this chapter and others, Q spends some time describing the facial responses of Snark and Advocatus. What's your take on this quote by Richelle E. Goodrich: "Sorrow on another's face often looks like coldness, bitterness, resentment, unfriendliness, apathy, disdain, or disinterest when it is in truth purely sadness."
"Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends." How does Norton's comment relate to "the ego-shaped black hole"?
- One last quote, this time from Mike Norton, author of Just Another War Story:
What if the Bible is better read not as a "constitution" to be taken legalistically and for the purpose of winning doctrinal arguments, but rather as a "community library" to be read intelligently, reflectively, and in pursuit of wisdom for living? What if Jesus' execution was a consequence of his life and ideas being a threat to the Roman authorities, and not an "all-in-the-family" violent sacrifice required by God so that humankind could be redeemed?
Ideas matter, whether they are expressed in questions such as these or in the responses to them. Ideas matter because they help to form who we say we are, and they inspire and guide us to do what we do.
Last Supper Red - The Synaptic Edition is a satirical, comedic novel about some of the church's ideas, and how the church often holds onto them long past the time when their ability to communicate ceases.This practice has produced unintended consequences similar to the one we experience when we eat that once-tempting treat in the fridge whose pull date was well over a month ago.
If it is true that every 500 years or so, Christianity holds "a rummage sale" of some of its ideas, then consider Last Supper Red - The Synaptic Edition as a sort of sign tacked up on a post in your neighborhood pointing the way to the sale's location.
The purpose of this website is to facilitate your engaging the ideas presented in Last Supper Red - The Synaptic Edition, whether on your own or in a discussion with others. The half-dozen links in the green block to the left of each page will take you to material which will help you explore the underlying ideas of the book. These ideas come principally from two related movements: "Emergent" and "Progressive" forms of Christianity.
To get started, you will need your own copy of this free e-book. To obtain your copy of Last Supper Red - The Synaptic Edition, just click on the link in the green block of links above that says Download.
It has been my pleasure bringing the book and this website to you. Enjoy your read!
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