August 2-4: Summer Institute 2018

2018 Summer Institute


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The old saying is unfortunately true: you can use the Bible to prove anything. People have always disagreed strongly about what the Bible means. Those disagreements arise because people have different ways of reading the Bible. We each bring our preconceived ideas to the Bible. We each have our own way of deciding what the words of a text mean. We each come from traditions that have explained the Bible to us in various ways. Sometimes it feels as if we are each reading different Bibles. In such circumstances, can the Bible communicate to us? Summer Institute 2018 intends to explore this important issue: with such a diversity of perspectives, can the Bible really speak, and if so, how?

We do not intend to give a systematic, comprehensive set of lectures on this topic. Summer Institute is always an exploration; we seek to provide an experience with some of the flavor of a Gutenberg College education. To explore this question of whether and how the Bible can communicate, we will read and discuss significant texts from Western history. We will read and discuss passages from the Bible. And speakers will present their own reflections on some of the issues raised by those readings. We hope to provide varied and stimulating sessions relevant to the topic of how we read the Bible.

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