5 in 10: Allison Brown

Today the Brazos Fellows had the privilege of learning from Allison Brown in our Course of Study. Allison is a PhD student in the Religion Department at Baylor University, where she is studying church history–specifically, sixteenth-century resistance theory and gender. Today she led our exploration of the history of the formation of the New Testament canon, helping us grapple with the remarkable story of how the writings of the apostles came to be the Christian scriptures we read today. It was a fantastic discussion.

Allison and I also sat down for a round of “Five Questions in Ten Minutes.” We talked about all sorts of great reads–from Jane Austen, to Dorothy Sayers, to various books on the Reformation–as well as the thinkers who have most shaped her own life and work. Listen here:

Here are links to some of the items we talked about:

5 in 10: Fr. Lee Nelson

This morning the fellows had the chance to discuss a great book by Baylor professor, and Brazos Fellows guest instructor, Alan Jacobs: The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography. Dr. Jacobs traces the creation and evolution of the book which centers Anglican worship, and, indeed, Anglican theology. Our discussion was led by Fr. Lee Nelson, rector of Christ Church Waco, who helped us understand the remarkable vision of English Reformer Thomas Cranmer. For Cranmer, the aim of the prayer book was that as the whole church participated in the liturgy and prayed the daily office, we would be transformed by Christ.

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