Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Advertising Christianity Explored

This is the text of the CE advert from last night's pub quiz. Feel free to cut and paste and use it with friends.

Christianity Explored is an informal course for people who would like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. It explored who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him.

  • You don't need to know anything about the Bible
  • You won't be asked to read aloud, pray or sing
  • You can ask any question you want
The course runs for six consecutive weeks on Sunday evenings, 6.30 - 8.00 pm, from 1st February at Chestnut Grove School.

I wanted to give you three irrefutable reasons to come. But I couldn't think of any. So let me give you three unanswerable questions to ponder!

1. what else is there to do?!
Sunday evening is dead time. It's an entertainment black hole. I chcked the schedule and the highlights are the Antiques Roadshow and Dancing on Ice. On the other hand CE promises to be an enjoyable and stimulating time of lively discussion. So prolong your weekend and come along.

2. What have you got to lose?!
The worst case scenario is that you come to the first one, decide it's rubbish and choose not to return. That's 90 minutes of your life you'll never get back again. That's about the length of a pants film and we've all made that mistake. We got over it! But this is a fabulous opportunity to investigate the single most influential individual in all of human history. And to do it by looking at one of the best preserved historical documents available to us. Most of us haven't done that as adults. But we can now.

3. What are you afraid of?!
No one's going to be manipulated or indoctrinated. We don't expect everyone to tow the party line. In all honesty if we all agreed it would be a pointless exercise. But this is a chance to chew over the big issues of life. All the bad bits of Christianity have been banished; the incoherent sermons, incomprehensible liturgy and ritual and the embarassing singing. This is Christianity stripepd bare so that we can consider it.

If you're keen to get to grips with who Jesus is, why he came and why he continues to be significant in a 21st Century world then come and join us.