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

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 gracePicture 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.
Between Noon Three Romance Law the Outrage of Grace Picture a college town in the mid s 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

  • Title: Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace
  • Author: Robert Farrar Capon
  • ISBN: 9780802842220
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace”

    1. absolutely loved how challenging this book was for me. it made me uncomfortable at times, angry at others, and crying as well. Capon and his outrageous grace although presented in a most unusual fashion is a beautiful picture of the gospel of grace that we all share in.

    2. Once again, it's almost impossible to classify Capon's writing. Part parable, sermon, and coffee-chat, this book tackles the concept of grace with a perspective I've never quite considered. No one can write like Capon, and I'm tempted to just list a bunch of quotes. With his signature dry wit, Capon angered and annoyed me with his description of grace, and then casually pulled the rug out from under me, showing me how performance-oriented I still am. Added bonus: this is the best defense against [...]

    3. If you think you believe in God's grace, I challenge you to read this book. Capon uses a couple of parables, sermons, fictional debates, and musings, to present grace in such an outrageous fashion that many of us will be tempted to throw grace out the window rather than believe the consequences. I think Capon ignores and dismisses some things that God cares about. But, there is something to his argument that we are so enthrall to our own moralizing and self-justification, and so blind to just ho [...]

    4. Really enjoyed Capon's Supper of the Lamb this one, not so much. First chapter was great, but each subsequent chapter got less and less interesting. In order.

    5. This book was originally published as a disjointed duology. It works much better as one book with three parts.The first part is the author's portrayal in parable form of a "successful" affair between two married people. He also has spaces where his thoughts on the parable are given in the middle of the parable. The author then moves to a "coffee hour" where objections he has heard before are brought up and addressed.The third section of the book is a description of "a man who got everything that [...]

    6. Some things Capon writes are so creatively wrought and true that you can spend much time re reading them. There were many moments like that in this book. His parable I think does get at the graciousness of grace, but I am certainly included among the critics he addresses in the coffee hour. He says much that his helpful, lots that I have serious questions about, and some things that are absolutely absurd. I would be careful recommending it to someone.

    7. Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace (Robert Farrar Capon, 1997) was an unusual book. On the positive side, Capon is a compelling writer, utilizing a unique style to present a topic of essential importance--grace. This book essentially consists of three shorter stories (initially published as 2 books in 1982 and 1983)--Parable, Coffee Hour, and The Youngest Day. The first section, Parable, makes up about 40 percent of the book and sets the stage for the subsequent secti [...]

    8. What a breath of fresh air this book is. This was the second time I read this book by Robert Farrar Capon (who sadly died two weeks ago), but it was as much a breeze as last time. Even more so, as I found I was even more receptive to it's message than three years ago when I read it first. And I look forward to reading it again in the future. This is one of those books that makes theology and bible-study fun, and that combines essays and exegesis with a dry wit, different styles, and funny asides [...]

    9. "Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears.”The first Capon book I ever read, which is Supper of the Lamb, convinced me [...]

    10. Oh I love this book! It is scandalous and fabulous and full of ephiphanies as any great teaching of Grace must be! Many are likely to be offended by the devices that R.F. Capon uses, but stick with him, he'll eventually argue your side of things and then go on to explain his position. This is not a straight novel, or a book of pure theology, or a niftily penned opinion piece, it is all of the above and full of delightful little asides and quirks, as one comes to expect from Mr Capon. If you are [...]

    11. Absolutely loved this book! Capon will challenge you, comfort you, and seriously blow your mind! I will be rereading this book regularly. On Luke 18:"Because Jesus came to raise the dead. Not to reform the reformable, not to improve the improvable . . . As long as you're struggling like the Pharisee to be alive in your own eyes -- and to the precise degree that your struggles are for what is holy, just and good -- you will resent the apparent indifference to your pains that God shows in making t [...]

    12. The book will make you think. I found it advantageous to read it quickly, in order to stay caught up with his train of thought. Deep seated notions of God's grace will definitely be challenged or stretched by Capon's philosophizing, woven through his fictitious story settings. I'm not on board with everything he postulates, specifically on judgement, but his presentation of the outrageous grace of God left a deep impression. I could use frequent reflection - and reminders - on Capon's insight of [...]

    13. A fantastic challenging read that will transform the way I think about Grace. Capon mixes storytelling with theologising quite effectively, driving his points home with insight and humor.I'm not sure I'm on board with his conclusions on eschatology in the last bit of the book, but the first two-thirds are quite enough to warrant five stars for this fantastic volume.

    14. Very challenging book. It sets out to prove that grace does not make stingy, conditional choices. Meets its goal and then some. I especially enjoyed the explanation of how events and time work from a timeless God interacting with temporal beings.

    15. Might be the most beautiful book on grace I have read. This book will make you squirm and may even cause you to throw it against the wall. In the end, Capon ties everything together so nicely you can't help but worship the God of grace.

    16. Beginning parable was awesome, but then it lost me somewhat in the middle. I very wordy and intellectual read, so I was lost with some of what he was saying. I loved the last few chapters on Grace and hell!

    17. This book was so frustrating! But I learned a lot from it-it teaches about how frustrating yet fantastic grace can be, which can be truly hard to swallow at times. It was a fairly easy read, while thought provoking.

    18. Hesitant on the five star because of places of theological disagreement, but I was sincerely moved by this book on grace. Have not been that significantly moved by a book in years. I'd say that certain passages in this novel/treatise are 5 star and beyond.

    19. Grace is outrageous and scandalous when God, the only Holy One, calls, forgives, and welcomes sinners like us into His family. When two sinners welcome each other into more sinning that is something else.

    20. You must really understand grace if you are going to read this book. And if you do read it and you "get" it your mind will be blown. Loved the freedom that Capon instilled in me through his work. I love Christ more after reading this and so Capon has done his job.

    21. Philosophically and emotionally astute. A book I will be thinking about and grappling with for a while, just as I've been grappling and thinking about its subject for the last 5 years.

    22. A very unique take on unconditional love, which causes a lot of consternation in those who profess it the most.

    23. This is most logical essay on spiritual divine grace I have ever read. It's a romance novel. It's a bible study. It's a logical debate on American morality and Christianity. It's a good read!

    24. And can it be that I should gain? Outrageous! Capon is spot on - and a fine, scandalously captivating writer.

    25. I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It's still working on me, and I think it will continue to do just that throughout eternity.

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