A new Lent Course based on the film The Man Who Knew Infinity
Paperback £9.99 RRP ISBN 978-1-78535-971-2
e-Book £5.99 ISBN 978-1-78535-972-9
Drawing on the intriguing life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, as portrayed in the film, The Man Who Knew Infinity, this five-week course offers a thought-provoking engagement with the fundamental issues of life, love and faith. The film is brought into meaningful conversation with biblical themes: journeying in faith, exile, the nature of truth, friendship with God; and the longing for home. Background information, discussion starters, simple liturgies, and questions for personal reflection are provided.
What people are saying about this book: –
Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York: –
A terrific Lent Course inviting us to explore the Biblical theme of being at home and in exile, how beauty and science connect with faith in God, and the astounding relationship a young Hindu had with mathematics. … Andy Colebrooke takes us on a unique journey of our own Christian faith through the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, who said, ‘An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God.’
Jeremy Begbie, Director, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina: –
A highly original and extremely practical resource for the Church, especially for film lovers. It will take you deep into the Christian faith. Buy it and use it!
Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College and Professor of Theology and Religion, Durham University: –
Lent is an opportunity to engage with questions of God and what it means to be human at a deeper level. This book provides an imaginative and stimulating way in, both for individual and group study. For some it will be surprising, for some it will be challenging, but the stories represented in movies can lead us deeper into discovering who we are in the light of a God who loves and redeems. I commend this book to you.
Robert K. Johnston, Senior Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, California: –
A first-rate group Lenten study putting Scripture into meaningful and delightful conversation with the film … Here is the dialogue between Bible and film at its best. Highly recommended.
The Venerable Robin King, Archdeacon of Stansted: –
This Lent course is refreshingly original and yet highly relevant and contemporary to many of the issues facing society and the Christian church today. I knew nothing of Srinivasa Ramanujan until I was sent this book, but his life and work, wonderfully portrayed in the film, has been beautifully woven into the five sessions that make for a truly engaging course. The complexity of the mathematics doesn’t interfere with understanding an exciting and intriguing story, that will encourage some lively and fruitful conversations, and I will be recommending it to parishes in my patch.
The Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, Society of Ordained Scientists, Bishop of Swindon: –
If you are looking for a Lent Course which explores discipleship and the interface between religious faith and the scientific endeavour in a fresh and creative way, Thoughts of God is for you. … this new course illuminates philosophical and theological truths and tensions in a way which speaks to both head and heart and is anchored in everyday human realities.
The Rt Revd Roger Morris, Area Bishop of Colchester: –
As we emerge from the trauma, losses, and deprivations of the COVID pandemic, many of us are asking deep and searching questions about the very issues raised in this course. And just like the discipline of mathematics, this course is not just about finding answers; it is also about understanding why answers exist in the first place, and why they might take the form they do. … This exciting, challenging, and inspirational course will help us to do just that. In five easy-to-follow sessions, the elegantly written material provides everything participants will need in order to engage with the fundamental issues of life, love and faith. It all adds up to an excellent course.