After the morning school drop-off, I knocked off the last chapter in Kathryn Tanner’s most recent book of theology, Christ the Key. This is a companion to her previous Jesus, Trinity, Humanity which outline a systematic theology of non-competitive relations between God and humanity, drawing heavily on patristic writings in distinctly liberal key. She and Gregory of Nyssa have been companions during my own Lenten journey this year. This stuff is solid.
Fully satisfied, I then took a nap.
Awake again I started a long essay by Marc Ellis on Emmanuel Levinas and the future of the Jewish prophetic. That was interrupted for a walk with Noelle and a late lunch in White Plains (during which we amazingly did not talk about Levinas). Picked up the essay again when Noelle took off for the school pick-up, but fell asleep again for a second nap. This IS a sabbath day of rest.
After dinner and with little-one’s bed routine complete, I have returned to the essay. Marc’s writing is a continuing inspiration to me, but the book this essay appears in (Encountering the Jewish Future with Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt and Levinas) is more searching, suggestive and uncertain than his other projects. The end is hopeful, but open. And haunting.
Now, a few poems before bed.
RIP, Adrienne Rich, poet of perseverance