Continuing Education


September 18 - November 6, 2017

George Herbert described prayer as “reversed thunder” and even as an “engine against the Almighty.” Although prayer is often understood as a practice of quiet submission and thanksgiving, there are strands within the Jewish and Christian traditions in which prayer functions as a form of protest against God, especially when God seems to permit horrendous evil and suffering. This course will explore the tradition of protest prayer in the Psalms, the book of Job, Jewish midrash, Desert monastics, Medieval mystics, post-Holocaust authors, African-American spirituals and more. Students will respond to this literary tradition by reading critically and prayerfully, participating in online discussion, writing their own protest prayer and attending to the ways in which God appears to respond to this bold and perhaps brazen spirituality. Throughout the course, we will explore ways that this theodical prayer and prayerful theodicy can be employed as a spiritual resource for expressing resentment and rage and for coping with pain, catastrophe, and injustice.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Daniel London

Daniel London has taught courses on Christian Spirituality, the Gospel of John, World Religions and Christian Social Ethics at CDSP, GTU, and the Episcopal School for Deacons. He has presented papers at academic conferences across the country, including the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature and the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. His work has been published in Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Comparative Theology and Compass: A Review of Topical Theology. In his dissertation, he argued that the Fourth Gospel can be read and experienced as a resource for theodical prayer and prayerful theodicy. He currently serves as the Priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in San Rafael CA.