Spring Quarter Community Classes & Book Discussion

GC Class

The Community Classes below begin Wednesday April 4. The classes are free and meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The book discussion below is also free and will meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please join us.

At Gutenberg, we hold two simultaneous convictions about truth seeking. First, freedom of inquiry is critical, and second, an authentic pursuit will lead toward God and Truth. In keeping with these convictions, community classes are intended to be a forum for exploration. They may or may not represent the beliefs and positions of Gutenberg College but are designed to explore topics of significance for our lives.

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April 4, 11 & 18 • Colin Stetter: “Suffering in the Life of the Individual”

Colin Stetter This class will look at the phenomenon of suffering in the life of the individual. The class format will be an open discussion centered on selected readings rather than a lecture. For the first class, we will read and discuss the chapter “Rebellion” from The Brothers Karamazov with an eye towards understanding various secular responses to the problem of suffering. For the second class, we will look at the book of Job and try to understand the attitudes towards suffering found therein. For the third class, we will discuss selections (TBD) from Kierkegaard’s “The Gospel Of Our Sufferings” and engage in how the follower of Jesus elects a path of suffering. Reading the selections before class is encouraged and will make the experience more productive for everyone but is not mandatory.

Colin Stetter graduated from Gutenberg College in 2004, focusing on Karl Marx and Alexander Solzhenitsyn for his thesis. Since then he has gone on to graduate studies in philosophy at Marquette University and has worked in numerous fields, including management, education, and currently machining and fabrication. Colin is also a life-long student of the martial arts and enjoys music, Russian literature, and exploring Oregon with his wife, Kelley, and daughters Indy and Sabine. Colin has kept his education alive by continuing to study with Jack and David Crabtree with the goal of becoming a better Bible student and exegete in order to more fully understand and engage with the worldview and implications of the Gospel.


April 25 & May 30 • Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

In addition to classes, Gutenberg offers book discussions led by Gutenberg alumni. Participants read and discuss a text chosen by an alumnus. This quarter, alumna Carina Crabtree will continue a discussion of Kierkegaard’s Works of Love. You are welcome to join the discussion even if you did not attend last quarter. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copies of the book.

On April 25, please come prepared by having read II B in the the First Series, “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”

On May 30, please come prepared by having read parts II C in the the First Series, “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”

Carina has this to say about Works of Love:

Carina CrabtreeI am so looking forward to reading and discussing Works of Love with you this year. In this book, Søren Kierkegaard presents a series of reflections on biblical love. When I read this book in the years following my graduation from Gutenberg College, I was struck by how profound, timely, and important this work by Kierkegaard was. Works of Love may be the book that has most impacted my understanding of the Bible’s central teachings: “Love the LORD your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.” I immediately began looking for a way that I could share it with the larger community. I hope that, in reflecting on Kierkegaard’s words together, we can come to a greater understand of God’s love for us, and of how it is that we should love one another.

Carina Crabtree graduated from Gutenberg College in 2012. Her senior thesis, “Never Enough,” focused on Solomon and Thoreau’s perspectives on a wise approach to wealth. Now a mother to two young daughters, Carina appreciates the foundation for life that her time at Gutenberg laid. “Gutenberg was excellent preparation for becoming a mother; I am so thankful for my time there, and for teachers who modeled the importance of parenthood.” Carina and her husband, Stefan, have been married for six years and are currently the Gutenberg house managers.


May 2, 9, 16, 23 & June 6 • Ryan Carroll: “Reflections on the Gospel of John”

Ryan CarrollThis five-week series will explore the Gospel of John’s uniqueness among the four biblical witnesses to Jesus’ life. By probing its distinctive narrative structure and highlighting a few selected themes/emphases, the series will wrestle with these questions:

1. What inspirations may lay behind John’s unique portrayal of Jesus?

2. Does John’s unique portrayal communicate truth about the Messiah that the Synoptic Gospels do not?

Ryan Carroll is an instructor of Bible and Teacher Education at Northwest Christian University, where he also serves as the Education Department’s field placement coordinator and licensure specialist. Ryan and his wife, Jen, are parents to Riley, Reese, and Molly.


May 30 • Carina Crabtree: “Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

Carina Crabtee continues the book discussion on “Works of Love” (see above). Please come prepared by having read parts II C in the the First Series, “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”


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