Book Study

Te-Li Lau's Defending Shame

An Online Summer Study on the Formative Power of Shame in Paul's Letters.

About This Event

Whether it's done to institute a form of legalistic thinking or to cajole members of the body into a posture of submission, "[w]e live in a world with a fractured understanding of shame." This does not have to be so, for in the letters of Paul shame serves a multifaceted purpose in strengthening believes and calling to account those things outside the character of God. The study will delve into the uses of shame throughout the letters of Paul, using both a theological lens and a contemporary one based on Western vs. Eastern eyes.

For more, check out this brief overview of the book and this interview with the author.


Please Put the Following Dates in Your Calendar:

  • May 31 — Introduction
  • June 14 — Definitional Background
  • June 28 — Greco-Roman and Jewish Background
  • July 12 — Paul's Use of Retrospective Shame
  • July 26 — Paul's Use of Prospective Shame
  • August 9 — Constructing Paul's Use of Shame
  • August 23 — Contemporary Usage (Contribution and Challenges)


WHEN: 7:30 PM (EST)

If you cannot attend a session, don’t worry. Drop us a line to let us know, and simply pick up the conversation at the next meeting.

Purchase the book here. If you have any questions, email Anton at