Sunday School

I‘ve just posted a brief recap of what we covered today in my Sunday school class, as well as what we’ll be doing next time. I tried to move forward in as open-ended a fashion as possible, and I think the topics we touched on ended up being a bit too scattered. Hopefully by looking at a familiar set of stories and asking historical as well as cultural and other kinds of questions, we’ll be able to keep more focused next time. And at the pace we usually move in my classes, if we start talking about the infancy narratives in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 now, then we should still be in them at Christmas time…

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  • benjdm

    In class, how do you define what you mean by the word ‘God’? I would have assumed classical theism was being taught in Sunday school class, but since you reject classical theism, I’m confused again.

  • James F. McGrath

    We will (eventually) get to a discussion of the different things “God” means to Christians. It was difficult to know where to start, but I began with different views of the Bible because it seems to me that unless that subject is addressed first, some will not understand how and why some Christians reach conclusions that will seem to other Christians “unbiblical”.I’m doing my best not to teach what I think, but to engage in discussion. I’m pretty public about what I think and so I’m not trying to conceal my viewpoints, but the challenge in any classroom setting is how to foster dialogue when the teacher/professor usually has an unfair advantage in arguing his or her case and in terms of knowledge of the evidence.