• on August 13, 2020

Theology Book Club 2020-2021

For those interested, please see the details below concerning our upcoming Theology Book Club 2020-2021. For this year, we will be reading through the history of Chrisitanity from the book of Acts until the pre-Reformation. Supplementing this reading are excerpts of primary theology written by theologians within this history. Let me know if you have any questions! Classes begin in early September!

Welcome to Theology Book Club! We are embarking on a challenging journey where we will learn about God, grapple with perennial questions regarding what has been revealed to us, and wrestle with a paradoxically miraculous and tense history of Christianity. As we begin this collective effort, I just wanted to take a minute and express my excitement to be working with all of you, as well as mention some aspects of my pedagogy.

  • First, I will be treating this book club as a seminar. I will expect that you will have read the assigned pages all the way through before we meet and that you will come with questions and notes.
  • Second, it is my role to facilitate and nurture conversations, address questions, and to do so respectfully. Please respect the time we have together and be sensitive to those around you. If your specific questions are not met during our time together, I am more than happy to meet with you individually. Conversations are not monologues.
  • Third, we will simultaneously be reading history and the theology of some key players. The aim is to provide the context which influenced the theology handed down to us.
  • Fourth, it is the responsibility of the participant to purchase the texts we are using.  It is worth nothing that the second text will also be used for the year after this one. Links are here:

o   https://www.amazon.com/Story-Christianity-Vol-Church-Reformation/dp/006185588X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=17149VYPIX67K&dchild=1&keywords=the+story+of+christianity+volume+1&qid=1597274791&sprefix=the+story+of+christ%2Caps%2C235&sr=8-1

o   https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Theology-Reader-Alister-McGrath/dp/1118874382/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3MEVETYAXTVSH&dchild=1&keywords=the+christian+theology+reader+5th+edition&qid=1597274838&sprefix=the+christian+theology+%2Caps%2C144&sr=8-1

Unlike last year, this year’s book club will be contingent upon the group’s interests and questions. The “Story of Christianity” texts will be given in advance, but the selections from “The Christian Theology Reader” will be chosen by me based upon our conversations in the seminar. I want to cater the readings to the specific ethos of our reading community, but you will see that the readings for September-January have been decided. There is a reason for that. Therefore, remaining excerpts from “The Christian Theology Reader” will be announced as we go and will not be fully recorded in this reading schedule.

Again, welcome!!!

–       Pastor Benjamin

Quick note on the schedule: For “The Christian Theology Reader,” I have elected to use the excerpt’s numerical headings rather than their page number. Simply open the table of contents, locate the corresponding numerical heading, and the page number will be next to it. Rest assured: each excerpt is short.

Reading Schedule

Meetings will take place at the comfort of the cohort, either Zoom or distanced

September 6 @ 10:15am

–        The Story of Christianity (SOC) pg. 1-48. The Christian Theology Reader (CTR) pg. xxv-xxx. & The Introductions on pgs. 2-4, 68-70. Also. 9.1 The Book of Acts is recommended.

October 4 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 49-96. CTR 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.6/2.2/2.3/2.4/2.6/3.1/3.3/4.1/4.2/6.1/6.2/6.3

November 1 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 97-148. CTR 3.2/3.5/3.6/4.3/4.5/7.3/8.1/8.2/8.3/8.4/8.5

December 13 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 149-207. CTR Introduction pgs. 151-154, 222-224, & 1.5/3.10/4.4/4.7/4.8/5.4/5.5/8.8

January 3 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 209-261. CTR 2.8/2.9/3.7/3.8/3.9/3.12/3.13/4.9/4.10/5.10/6.5/6.9/6.11/8.9/10.10

February 7 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 269-313

March 14 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 314-356

April 4 @ TBD

–       SOC pg357-406

May 2 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 407-446

June 13 @ TBD

–       SOC pg. 447-490


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