Agenda: What the Bible Really Says

WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY SAYS IN THE CREATION STORIES

  • The historicity and scientific validity of the Genesis creation accounts
  • Genesis 1 – a truly radical manifesto
  • The “image of God” – the original meaning is not what Christians understand.
  • Is God ecologically sensitive? What the Bible really says
  • Genesis 2 – the rejection of utopia for procreativity; the nature of sin.

WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY SAYS ABOUT PATRIARCHY

  • In Genesis 2, God assigns women a more important role than men. Why?
  • I thought the Song of Songs was about sex and eroticism. What’s this got to do with patriarchy?

WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY SAYS ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERDS

  • After this class you will never, ever read Psalm 23 in the same way again.

WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY SAYS ABOUT SEX

  • Marriage and infidelity
  • Sex as sinful (incest, pedophilia, promiscuity, bestiality)
  • Is homosexual behavior sinful – what the Bible really says will surprise both conservatives and liberals.
  • God and XXX imagery: How God uses erotic imagery in the prophetic and liturgical texts.

WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY SAYS ABOUT VIRTUE AND BIBLICAL ETHICS

  • Why does God demand ethical behavior (HINT: see the movie Ground Hog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie Macdowell)
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