“Re-Claiming the Bible in a Post-Christian World”
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each Day
Description: Can the Bible, written 2000-3000 years ago, speak in any meaningful way to the 21st century? If it cannot, then is Christianity at an end? If it can, will Christianity look anything like what we have known in the past? Since creeds and doctrines are all constructed on the basis of what was believed to be “Biblical Truth,” can any of the current formularies stand? Since liturgy is based on biblical definitions of sin, salvation and God, none of which make much sense to 21st century people, can Christianity tolerate the revolution that it faces? This class will be taught by one who has been a priest and bishop for 56 years with one foot in the institutional church and the other in the academic world of new insights. It is specifically designed for clergy and questing lay people.
Registration will open April 9, 2012.
Course Credits & Cost: 1.5 credits – $990; audit – $495; 2.0 CEUs – $345
Required Text: John Shelby Spong, Re-Claiming the Bible in a Non-Religious World, 2011 HarperCollins, San Francisco.