A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
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Glimpses of the Abyss with Peter Laws

Saturday 29th October 2022 at 1:30 pm

Arrival instructions - please note the internet gives the incorrect address for Guy's Hospital Chapel. It is in the old hospital courtyard on St Thomas Street SE1. If you are coming from London Bridge station, please take the Guy's Hospital exit. You will see the new hospital straight ahead of you. Please turn right and a little further down you will find the courtyard. It is roughly opposite The Shard.

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to imagine an authentic heaven? Try it and you'll wind up with cliché and even banality: wispy clouds, hovering harp angels and spa-day pan pipes playing on an eternal loop. Yet opening your mind to the concept of hell is quite the opposite - we can instantly conjure freaky images of fiery chasms, laughing demons and painful pitchforks jabbed directly to the buttocks. Why is it so easy to imagine one and not the other?

Discover this, and more, as you join Rev Peter Laws for a red-hot dive into the infernal pit! You'll consider the depictions of hell, and ask where does our stereotypical image of ‘hell’ come from? Is it really the Bible, like the hellfire preachers say? Hear the theology of hell, asking if it even exists at all. And if it does...consider the surprising theories of what it might actually be like. And brace yourself for the experience of Hades with a disturbing discussion of Hell visions, including a creepy a.f. look into an often-neglected phenomena: 'Negative Near-Death Experiences.’

From pop culture horror to fiery sermons to medieval art and weird historical visions, get ready to GO TO HELL! as we catch some shocking Glimpses of the Abyss!

Tickets £12 including a delightful gin cocktail and a 20% donation to the Kings Chaplaincy Trust

Peter Laws
Peter Laws is an author, podcaster and ordained church minister with a fascination for the macabre. He hosts three podcasts Frightful, Hometown History: Europe and Creepy Cove Community Church. He also writes a monthly column for The Fortean Times magazine and is the author of the Matt Hunter crime novels. He wrote the non-fiction book The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore, which seeks to explain (and defend) the human morbid streak. www.peterlaws.co.uk

Image credit - The Last Judgment: Hell - The souls of the damns subjected to torture in the circles of Hell, 1432-1435 by Fra Angelico. Public domain courtesy of Wikimedia Images

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