In the Court of Versailles with François Fenelon
Readings and Lectures from the
Rev. Dr. Peter J. Gorday
Episcopal Priest & Author, Atlanta, GA
All Saints Episcopal Church
338 East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, FL, 407.647.3413
November 16 and 18, 2012
Audience members were invited to enter into the elaborate world of Louis XIV and the 17th century stratagems of the Court of Versailles. During this time, the Catholic writings of philosopher and theologian François Fenelon emerged as a religious counterweight to the budding enlightenment of René Descartes. Disconcerting to church and kingdom, Fenelon proposed simple adherence to Pure Love beyond status or class, anchored by the teachings of Jesus and a call to discipleship.
Peter Gorday is an Episcopal priest serving parishes in Georgia and and North Carolina. A frequent contributor to scholarly journals on the history of biblical interpretation, he has specialized in the patristic understanding of the letters of Paul and has edited an edition of the Ancient Christian Commentary series. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Gorday also works as a therapist in private practice and resides with his wife Virginia in Atlanta.