CT 740 345: Imaginative Apologetics

  • Start date: January 31, 2020

While classical apologetics presents rational arguments for believing, imaginative apologetics (also called “cultural apologetics”) uses story to give context to the same concepts. While the term is new, the concept is not: Jesus used “imaginative apologetics” when telling parables. In this class we will look at works by recent scholars explaining what imaginative apologetics is, how it works and why it matters. We will also look at writings by twentieth century authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis who laid the groundwork for the study of Imaginative apologetics and examine stories that have been written for this purpose, applying these theories to the texts.

  • Only meets four weekends:
    Dates: Jan 31-Feb 1, Mar 6-7, Apr 17-18, May 1-2
    Time: Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBD
    Instructor: Melody Green
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CH 740 300: Bonhoeffer: Costly Community

  • Start date: January 21, 2020

The life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been celebrated in countless writings, biography and film. His inspirational life and profound theological insight into the disciple’s call to follow Christ and the idolatry of unchecked government power make his work timeless. Bonhoeffer: Costly Community will explore the interrelationship between Bonhoeffer’s life and thought and its importance for today.

  • Time: Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm; plus 5 additional Saturday morning lectures
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church
    Instructor: Joseph Thomas
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CT 740 310: C. S. Lewis

  • Start date: August 27, 2019

An overview of the writings of one of the most influential writers in western Christianity during the twentieth century, C. S. Lewis. This class will focus on themes that most heavily shaped his work, as well as the various genres in which he worked, including fantasy, science fiction, theology, apologetics, poetry and even a little of his literary theory.

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Stone Creek Church
    Instructor: Melody Green
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CT 620 100: Christian Bioethics

  • Start date: January 24, 2020

Our increasing technological powers over nature are continuing to reshape the discipline of medicine in ways that could scarcely have been foreseen a century ago. Christian Bioethics is concerned with addressing these, and related issues concerning medicine, the human body, and flourishing in light of the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. In this course we will survey the history of medicine and the Christian contribution to it while learning to make biblically-informed, theologically sound judgments about medical and moral issues at the edges of life, human identity, justice, and well-being.

  • Only meets four weekends:
    Dates: Jan 24-25, Feb 21-22, Apr 3-4, May 1-2
    Time: Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: University Baptist Church
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CT 740 335: George MacDonald: An Introduction

  • Start date: June 3, 2019

In multiple places, C. S. Lewis declared that the writings of George MacDonald played a large role in shaping his own faith. MacDonald has also been credited with creating the contemporary literary genre called “fantasy.” Besides these, however, this Scottish pastor wrote realistic novels that address contemporary issues like reconciling a perceived struggle between science and faith, or dealing with pastors who lacked sexual integrity. This class will explore some of MacDonald’s works to better understand them.

  • Time: Mondays, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Stratford Park Bible Chapel
    Instructor:Melody Green
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CH 740 350: Echoes of Jesus: The Sermon on the Mount Through History

Looking at how three historical figures–Bonhoeffer, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.–understood the Sermon on the Mount as a force for social change.

  • Time: June 6, 20, 27; July 11, 25; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Credit: 1 hour
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church
    Instructor: Joe Thomas
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BI/CT 740 110: Mary Magdalene: Scripture, Tradition, and Imagination

  • Start date: June 6, 2019

This class will explore Mary Magdalene in scripture, church history, art, film, and fiction. It will be team taught by three professors who specialize in these areas.

  • Time: Thursdays, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church
    Instructor:Ken Cuffey, Andrew Blaski, Melody Green
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CT 740 352 Bible Storybooks: A Hermeneutical Experiment

  • Start date: January 16, 2019

Children’s Bible storybooks are the primary way that many children encounter the Bible.  As the stories are retold, however, they are often changed to reflect the cultural values and expectations of the people retelling the story.  In this class we will explore how this happens and why it matters.  

  • Time: Wednesdays 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Melody Green
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Ancient China: Its Old Testament Roots

  • Start date: January 14, 2019

Ancient China is a treasure trove of data that reveals the Chinese’s extensive knowledge of events in Genesis.  Emphasis is placed on its philosophers: Lao Tzu, Confucius, Han Fei-Tzu, Mo-Tzu.  China’s unique writing demonstrates an abiding knowledge of Genesis through oral tradition.  The emperor’s practice of sacrificing a perfect animal (enshrined in the Altar of…

  • Time: Monday 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Lawson Lau
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CH 740 400 Early Christian Writers

  • Start date: January 14, 2019

This course will examine some of the writers and texts that most influenced early Christian thought and practice from the second to the fifth centuries, paying careful attention to themes of Christology, anthropology, ecclesiology, sacramental theory, and biblical interpretation, as well as to the nature and method of theology itself.  Selected authors come from a…

  • Time:Wednesday 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Andrew Blaski
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