Reconciling Paul - A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians
The 2014-2015 Horizons Advanced Flyer of the study describes it in this way:
"We are living in a world that is experiencing a great deal of change. Change is not new, but there are distinctive contours to the change we experience today. Technological advance, easy access to information and cross-border trade, encounters with peoples representing a variety of perspectives and cultures—all are aspects of our daily lives. We can’t avoid seeing the divisions forged between nature and neighbor and between neighbor and neighbor along lines of race, class, gender, and nation. These divisions impact representation in decision-making bodies, support exploitation of the earth, exacerbate the unequal distribution of wealth, and limit access for many to the natural resources we all need to survive and flourish.
Paul’s writings are some of the most influential in Christianity. Therefore, revisiting the struggles Paul faced and the authenticity and integrity of his theology is an essential task for the churches today. Paul, like us, wrestled with and questioned his faith as he tried to live as authentically as possible in an ancient world that was also in the midst of a great deal of change. What can we learn from revisiting 2 Corinthians and considering Paul’s theology
and ideas as they relate to the context of our time?
This study invites us all to ask whether or not we understood Paul’s writings clearly in the past and to read his letter afresh in light of the issues we face in our time. Concepts of shared partnership, power in weakness, healing, reconciliation, love, and a new apostolate all figure prominently in Elizabeth’s reading of Paul. She hopes that you will find your own voices among the larger community of interpreters as we discern together the meaning of these ancient passages for the world in which we live today."