Valerie Johnson, Chattanooga, TN–Tucked away downtown in the cozy coffee shop surroundings of The Camp House,
“Theology on Tap” is hosted, offering an engaging environment for intellectual thinkers.
The event, though presented by North Shore Fellowship and Missions Chattanooga, is not exclusively religious. Feature topics have included Vanderbilt University Ph.D. candidate Rachel Early’s discussion on “The Medieval Imaginations of Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis” and a lecture on “The Ethical Sublime of Les Miserables” given by Dr. Patricia Ward, Vanderbilt Ph.D.
“Theology on Tap” is an opportunity to sip a cup of coffee or beer while listening and socializing with interesting and educated people, Cole Hamilton, the organizer of “Theology on Tap,” said
“I invite Catholics, Protestants and anyone who is professional or published in the field to present the topics with a foot in the modern world,” Hamilton said. “I leave it up to the speaker how theological they want to be.”
Likewise, Matt Busby, the director of The Camp House said that the discussion is for everyone.
Occurring every three to four weeks, this month’s gathering was set for Nov. 19 with speaker Steve Guthrie.
Guthrie, a religion professor at Belmont University and piano player for his Beatles cover band, spoke about theology and music. Guthrie said he hopes to impart his understanding of how music makes an impression on us both spiritually and cognitively.
“Theology on Tap” allows lovers of learning to escape the sterile environment of lecture halls for more intimate surroundings. It is a chance to communicate with intelligent people from different backgrounds.
Following the lecture, there is a Q&A session and time to socialize with the speaker and audience members.
“I loved college, and once you leave the University, you don’t have much of a chance to talk about theology or academics,” Busby said. “There is not a more diverse crowd in Chattanooga than ‘Theology on Tap.’ People come from across the denominational spectrum including atheists and agnostics to share their beliefs.”
So, if you like warm coffee and stimulating conversation, come out to “Theology on Tap.” Their Facebook page lists upcoming events and lectures.