Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace

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Picture a college town in the mid-1970s. An English professor who has become an expert in extramarital dalliances is smitten by one of his graduate students. They meet for lunch around noon, and before three they make declarations of love. Is it possible that their subsequent affair could ultimately teach us something about true forgiveness and the radical meaning of grace? Only Robert Farrar Capon would have the audacity - and the authorial skill - to fashion such a tale. It has taken well over a decade for ...
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Overview

Picture a college town in the mid-1970s. An English professor who has become an expert in extramarital dalliances is smitten by one of his graduate students. They meet for lunch around noon, and before three they make declarations of love. Is it possible that their subsequent affair could ultimately teach us something about true forgiveness and the radical meaning of grace? Only Robert Farrar Capon would have the audacity - and the authorial skill - to fashion such a tale. It has taken well over a decade for Between Noon and Three to appear in this, its original form. First published under two separate titles with significant parts excised and an entire section recast, the real Between Noon and Three is actually a trilogy of intertwined tales, each of which exhibits Capon's persistent insistence on the outrageous nature of grace. The original manuscript is here printed in full, including a new introduction by Capon on the work's unusual history.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With wit, humor and exegesis, Capon evokes a bit of C.S. Lewis as he brushes past centuries of dry theologizing on concepts of grace and freedom, law and sin, and actually makes the questions fun.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With wit, humor and exegesis, Capon evokes a bit of C.S. Lewis as he brushes past centuries of dry theologizing on concepts of grace and freedom, law and sin, and actually makes the questions fun. Describing his method as "theology by way of entertainment," he illustrates the radical nature of grace with a "parable" about an illicit affair between a promiscuous English professor and a graduate student, both married. Capon, an Episcopal priest, is determined to "separate the liquor of grace from the mash of mortality," and some may accuse him of excessive haste in setting aside the latter. His justification: "No mistake can hold a candle to the love that draws us home." Chiding the "grace-fearing spoilsport in every one of us," Capon argues that organized religion too often encourages us "to act more like subjects of a police state than fellow citizens of the saints." Dec.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842220
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/20/1997
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 427,162
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Back at the Beginning

    PART I: PARABLE

  2. Law, Grace, and the Free Drink
  3. The Tyranny of Angels
  4. 'Twas Grace that Taught My Heart . . .
  5. Interlude with Augustine
  6. The Rising Tide
  7. Greater Trumps
  8. Catharine
  9. Death
  10. Laura
  11. Resurrection
  12. Beyond All Liking and Happening
  13. From Noon till Three
  14. Morality vs. Grace
  15. Two Pauls
  16. Spirituality vs. Grace
  17. Superstition vs. Grace
  18. The Picnic
  19. PART II: COFFEE HOUR

  20. To the Woodshed
  21. Sticks, Stones, and Snake Oil
  22. An Unacceptable Parable
  23. Objections from the Floor
  24. And Having Done That, Thou Hast Donne . . .
  25. As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams . . .
  26. PART III: THE YOUNGEST DAY

  27. Rub-out
  28. Afterlife
  29. The Four Last Things
  30. Tracking the Mystery of Reconciliation
  31. Re-membering the Garden
  32. The Outrage of Grace
  33. Rigged Justice
  34. The Hell of It All
  35. Heaven in a Nutshell
  36. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
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