Renewing Our Minds: Adult Education

“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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Fall Series 2018

“Creation, Culture, Creed”| Joshua Moritz, PhD| Starts September 9, 9:00am

The class will consider the truth of who we are in light of the reality of God. We will examine the foundations of the Christian faith through exploring the first line of the Nicene Creed in light of Scripture, culture, science, philosophy, and personal experience and meaningfulness. We will begin by looking at who “we” are: Who does scripture say we are? What does science say? How are we shaped by our biology and by our cultures? How are we formed by the story we find ourselves in? Next, we will examine the nature of faith: What does it mean to “believe”? What role do reason and faith play in belief? What is the function of doubt in forging even stronger belief? Finally, we will examine who God is and what God is like: Does God exist? Who is God the Father? What does it mean for God to be almighty? What is the significance of God as the creator of all that is?

 

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

Berkeley Covenant YouTube Channel

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Past in Series

  • Lies My Culture Told me about the Christian Faith
  • 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