The Lecture Series celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2017! Please join us for a very special 10th Anniversary Lecture with John Dominic Crossan, scholar, author and teacher.
THE CHALLENGE OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE
Based John Dominic Crossan’s most recent book (2015):
How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation.
FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 3, 7:00 – 8:30pm:
“Original Sin”: Sexual Temptation or Escalatory Violence? Since sin is originally mentioned in Genesis 4:7, why did Christianity locate original sin with Adam, Eve, and sex rather than with Cain, Abel, and violence? If civilization saves us from barbarism, what saves us from civilization?
SATURDAY WORKSHOPS, MARCH 4, 9:00am – 3:00pm
9:00am: Covenantal Law: Human Destiny or Divine Sanction?
In Genesis 1 humans are stewards of God’s world and sanctions for failure are never even mentioned. But in Deuteronomy 28 is all about rewards and punishments. Where is the evidence for divine punishments as distinct from the terrible evidence of human consequences?
II:00am: God’s Kingdom: Violent Revolt or Non-Violent Resistance?
Caught permanently between warring super-powers, Israel dreamed of an end to warfare, oppression, and injustice. Not, however, simply as its dream of peace for itself, but as God’s dream of peace for the world. Bu was this to be realized violently or non-violently?
1:30pm: Christianity’s Criterion: Historical Jesus or Apocalyptic Jesus
The historical Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a Peace-Donkey but the apocalyptic Jesus returns on a War-Horse. Did Jesus change his mind or did Christianity change its Jesus? Is the non-violent resistance of Jesus both the revelation of God’s Dream for the world and the norm and criterion of the entire Christian Bible?
SUNDAY MARCH 5
9:00-9:45am: Is God Violent? The Challenge of the Christian Bible
In the Christian Bible—from Genesis through Revelation—God is a God of both non-violent distributive justice and violent retributive justice. But Jesus, for Christians the image and revelation of that same God, acts only from—and dies for—demanding non-violent distributive justice in an Israel under imperial Romanization. How can a non-violent Jesus mirror a violent God?
10 am: Service / Sermon: Justice and Love
11:30 am: 10th Anniversary Luncheon, Finding New Light in Ancient Traditions, featuring a conversation with John Dominic Crossan. All are welcome, no cost, reservations appreciated!
Future Speakers: Who would you like to hear from at a future lecture? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lecture Series invites leading Christian and non-Christian authors, teachers, and thinkers who might not otherwise be available in the Pacific Northwest to help us expand our thinking about what it means to be Christian today.
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