Pub Church with Dr. Anthony Baker: Shakespeare, Theology, and God–with music phenom Dave Madden

Date and Time

Sunday, October 13th
5:30 PM


Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto
Austin, TX 78701


We are bringing the Bard into our pub church dialogue at Scholz Garten in mid-October!  Through the masterful eye of theologian Tony Baker, we have the chance to see Shakespeare opening up the divine presence through his inimitable presentation of human wit.

Tony’s latest book–Shakespeare, Theology, and the Unstaged God–is a brilliant achievement, and we’re lucky to have this opportunity to go deeper with the author himself into how and why Shakespeare’s voice is more relevant and urgent than ever. We’ll be joined by the Berkeley School of Music phenom and Front Porch favorite, Dave Madden, whose music artistry frames our time together on this Sunday evening

Join us in Scholz’ north dining room. Come early to get a seat and order food and drink. As always, we close the evening with the chance to share communion through our unique invitation: “Before Jesus got turned into a religion, he wandered around, an itinerant rabbi, eating and drinking with sinners and outcasts.” All are welcome at the table!

More about Dr. Anthony Baker:

Tony has taught at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin since 2004. He completed his doctoral degree in philosophical theology from the University  of Virginia, where he studied under professors Eugene Rogers, John Milbank, and Peter Ochs. He is the author of Diagonal Advance: Perfection in Christian Theology (2011), as well as various articles in Modern TheologyPolitical TheologyThe Journal of Anglican StudiesAnglican Theological Review, Heythrop Journal and other journals and collections. Professor Baker is also the theologian-in-residence at Saint Julian’s Episcopal Church in north Austin, where he and his three children attend.His new book begins by acknowledging that a plot-controlling God figure, or even a consistent theological dogma, is largely absent in the plays of Shakespeare. However, it argues that this absence is not necessarily a sign of secularization, but functions in a theologically generative manner. It goes on to suggest that the plays reveal a consistent, if variant, attention to the theological possibility of a divine “presence” mediated through human wit, both in gracious and malicious forms. Without any prejudice for divine intervention, the plots actually gesture on many turns toward a hidden supernatural “actor”, or God.

About his work on “Shakespeare, Theology, and the Unstaged God,” he says, “I find that literature in general, and especially Shakespeare’s plays, helps us think about the subtle and surprising ways that people of faith can both expect and recall the involvement of God in the world.”


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