Renewing Our Minds: Adult Education

No Class on Mother’s Day, May 13th

Renewing Our Minds Classes|Sundays 9:00 AM

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2. Our adult education classes are designed to challenge us by looking at Christian responses to current social and scientific issues. While some may be wary of a adult Sunday school, we believe that in order for us to make the transition from an adolescent faith to an adult faith, we must be well educated in the Truth.

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Current Series

“Lies My Culture Told Me about the Christian Faith”   Joshua Moritz, PhD

Our contemporary understanding of the Christian faith has been profoundly shaped by a number of powerful lies that have long masqueraded as historical truths. Anti-Christian myths that have been seamlessly woven into the fabric of our culture and our worldviews include the claims:
• That science and the Christian Church have always been at war
• That Christianity is a Western Religion
• That Christian missionaries have done more harm than good to indigenous peoples and cultures
• That the Christian Church was responsible for African slavery
• That European Christians once thought the Earth was flat
• That the Catholic Church persecuted Copernicus, Galileo and other scientists
• That the Church forbade Human Dissection
• That Charles Darwin was an atheist whose work was fueled by an anti-Christian agenda
• That 19th century Christians were opposed to Evolution
• That the Big Bang is an atheist theory that gets rid of God
• That the Medieval Period should be characterized as the “Dark Ages”
• That Iron Maidens and Chastity Belts existed and were used during the Christian Middle Ages
• That the Medieval Church led Witch Hunts and that the Church was a major force for the oppression of women
• And pretty much everything you’ve ever heard about the Inquisition
In this course we will examine the specific origin of these and other myths, reveal the anti-Christian agenda behind them, and expose their historical foundations as false. We will also discover and explore the exciting and fascinating truth that stands in opposition to these lies.

 

Video of Fall Series 2017: Exploring our Roots | Christian History and Theology

Berkeley Covenant YouTube Channel

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Past in Series

  • Exploring our Roots: The Early Jewish Background of the New Testament
  • God & The Environment
  • God & Science
  • How to Have Healthy Relationships
  • Orthodoxy and Ecology: On being a good steward of the earth
  • Survey of the Bible
  • Mere Christianity
  • Comparative Religions – Understanding our Differences & Similarities
  • Family Relationships & Parenting
  • Beginning Greek
  • Listening Prayer
  • Understanding Injustice & Our Response
  • Theology Matters
  • Against the Gnostics – Why Heresies Are So Dangerous

 

Considering God’s Works

The Bible instructs Christians to consider the works of the Creator (Ps 111:2, Ps 19:1-6, Ps 8, Job 37:14) and Scripture tells us that even “God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” may be clearly seen and “understood from what has been made” (Rom 1:20). Consequently, to believe in God as the Creator of the universe entails our making an effort to know more about the world God created—together with its beauty, its mystery, its wonder, its history, its vastness, its laws, its horrors, and its limits.

In this class we behold God’s cosmos through the lenses of the natural sciences and the philosophy of science. With the help of the ever-attentive eyes of the natural sciences we explore the majesty of the material reality that God has created and continues to create. Learning what science is and is not, we discover how theological and scientific truths interrelate, and how specific areas of scientific knowledge interact with, challenge, and uphold key areas of Christian belief.

Classes

Week 1:
What is Science?: Perspectives from the Philosophy of Science
Week 2:
The Nature of Truth and Limits in Science and Theology
Week 3:
How Early Christians Read Their Bible and Understood the World of Nature
Week 4:
The War that Never Was—Unmaking the Myth of the “Historical Conflict Between Christianity and Science”
Week 5:
The Metaphysical Foundations of Science and the Role of Science in Faith
Week 6:

The Sectarian Origins of Young Earth Creationism
Week 7:
“In the Beginning”: Part I
Week 8:
“In the Beginning”: Part II
Week 9:
The Creation and Evolution of Life: Part I
Week 10:
The Creation and Evolution of Life: Part II
Week 11:
What Does it Mean to be Human?
Week 12:
Divine Action, Miracles, & Contemporary Science?
Week 13:
The Physical Resurrection of Jesus & the Fact that Matter Matters
Week 14:
Human Nature, Neuroscience, & the Soul
Week 15:
Cognitive Science, Morality, & the Emergence of the Human Person
Week 16:
The Problem of Evil & the Natural Sciences
Week 17:
The End of the World: Theological & Scientific Perspectives on Cosmic Eschatology

Week 18:
“Considering God’s Works”: Conclusions and Final Thoughts