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The 'opaque splendour of God' discussed at St Paul's evening with Barbara Brown Taylor

One of today's most influential Christian writers has spoken of 'the opaque splendour of God' at a St Paul's Cathedral event.

American Episcopal priest, Barbara Brown Taylor, talked about her new book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, at the event on Thursday, 9 July.

Despite a Tube strike, a good audience listened to her talk about ‘the opaque splendour of God’ and the need to let go of fixed ideas of light and darkness.


She said: "Why would anyone want to learn to walk in the dark? Almost none of us questions the fear of the dark - whether it’s the literal or spiritual darkness - even when it causes us to miss half of what it means to be human, even when it robs us of the treasures of darkness, even when it leaves us helpless during the night times of our lives, believing we have been abandoned by a God who may actually prefer working the night shift."
She explored the Bible stories of night time miracles and the Orthodox and mystical traditions of seeking God in mystery beyond words, and suggested when, spiritually, it might be time to be brave enough to walk into the darkness and find God there.
Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling American author who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people last year. An  Episcopal Priest and Professor of Religion, she has appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show, and is a favourite at the UK's Christian festival, Greenbelt festival.  She speaks and writes on the spiritual life, and her UK tour coincided with the paperback edition of her new book.   
The event was organised by St Paul's Adult Learning, which has recently changed its name from St Paul's Forum, in partnership with her UK publishers Canterbury Press.
Speakers at upcoming Adult Learning events include Rowan Williams, Tom Wright, Steve Chalke and Katharine Jefferts Schori.