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WMN101 – Serious Answers to Hard Questions

WMN101 – Serious Answers to Hard Questions

Course Dates: February 26 – May 7, 2018

How do you reconcile the presence of evil in the world with belief in a loving God? How should Christians relate to other religions? Does the “Christ of Faith” bear any resemblance to the “Jesus of History”?

Ten Christian and Jewish theologians – world experts in their fields and persons of faith – each address a single perplexing issue. These ten issues are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside of the church. Each week a short scriptural study and personal reflection questions will help participants begin to think about the topic. Video presentations by the noted scholars will provide further material for discussion. This course will encourage energetic discussion and sustained reflection by both believers and seekers.

Lessons Include:

  1. Evil — R. Kendall Soulen, Wesley Theological Seminary
  2. Religion and Science — John Polkinghorne, Cambridge University
  3. Other Religions — Sathianathan Clarke, Wesley Theological Seminary
  4. Evangelism and Tolerance –Scott Jones, Bishop; formerly Perkins School of Theology
  5. The God of the Old Testament — Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  6. Jesus and Christianity — Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School
  7. Resurrection — N. T. Wright, Bishop; formerly Oxford University
  8. The Gnostic Gospels — Ben Witherington, Asbury Theological Seminary
  9. The Sins of the Church –Douglas M. Strong, Wesley Theological Seminary
  10. Forgiveness — L. Gregory Jones, Duke Divinity School

2.2 CEUs are available.

Price: $50

 

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Michael Beardslee

Michael was born and raised near the muddy banks of the Arkansas River in Kansas. Currently working on a PhD (Intercultural Studies) from Fuller Seminary, he has completed prior work in theology at Friends University (B.A.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.A.), and Trinity International University (Th.M). His current research concerns Christian identity as it regards Christianity’s new, global pluralism. Michael splits his time between study, many hobbies, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and two girls. Additionally, he serves as an Affiliate Professor with Southwestern College Professional Studies, and leads many of the Wesley Lay Academy classes on BeADisciple.