CH 740 405: Understanding Evangelicalism: A History

  • Start date: August 26, 2021

Modern American Evangelicalism is in a crisis. How did it get here? What is to be done? This course will trace the origins and development of evangelicalism from 17th century German Pietism and English Puritanism to Billy Graham and into the current state of the movement in the 21st century. To better understand our current moment, this course will flesh out the spiritual renewal aspect of evangelicalism’s history and evaluate the moments when it has lost its luster.

  • Time: Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Joe Thomas
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CH 740 450: Ancient Wisdom from Early Christianity

  • Start date: May 27, 2021

This 5-week course will explore the lives and thought of the early church on such key topics as sexuality, slavery, spiritual formation, cosmic worldview and relations between Christians and the government. The ancient wisdom of early Christianity is sure to provide helpful insights as we grapple to understand how the Christian faith supplanted the mores, spirituality and basic cosmology of the Roman world. This study of the first Christians is sure to aid us in formulating answers to the perplexing questions of our own day as well.

Taught by Dr. Joe Thomas from Urbana Theological Seminary and Mark Draper from Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Class session dates: May 27, June 3, 17, 24 and July 8

  • Time: Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructors: Joe Thomas and Mark Draper
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CT 740 300: There and Back Again: The Work of J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Start date: August 26, 2020

This class will read and discuss the works of J. R. R. Tolkien while paying attention to not only the Christian themes in Tolkien’s work, but also to developing a Christian model for understanding and working with fiction.

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  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Melody Green
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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: Grace Community Church
    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; except for 5 weeks with 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: January 21, 2020

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.

Please note this class will be held in Bloomington, IL.

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Bloomington Evangelical Free Church (Bloomington, IL)
    Instructor: Melody Green
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CT 620 100: Christian Bioethics

  • Start date: September 10, 2021

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.

Class will meet as a modular on the following dates:
Aug 27-28
Sep 24-25
Oct 29-30
Dec 3-4

  • Only meets four weekends:
    Dates: Sep 10-11, Oct 8-9, Nov 5-6, Dec 3-4
    Time: Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    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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