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Winter Community Classes

Winter Community Classes begin Wednesday, January 9. The classes are free and meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. These classes are recorded and available for later viewing by signing up through Gutenberg’s Patreon page.

This quarter’s topic: “Christianity and Literature: Truth and Story.”

In this second installment of our series on the intersections of Christianity and other lines of thought, we consider the place of literature in the life of a truth-seeking Christian. What should we make of the fact that the Bible is written largely in the form of a narrative? Can an understanding of literature make us better hearers and doers of the Word? Are truth and fiction fundamentally opposed? This quarter Gutenberg is hosting a series of talks and discussions to delve into these questions. We invite you to join us.

Ryan CarrolJanuary 16: “Literary Art? The Bible as (hi)Story” The biblical witness to God, truth, and the pursuit of wisdom comes to us primarily through the medium of story. One of the quintessential biblical stories is that of the Exodus, the story of God’s salvation of Abraham’s children from their slavery in Egypt and their subsequent journeying through the wilderness to the land He had promised them. To say that this story was important to the identity of God’s people, Israel, would be a profound understatement. Israel was commanded to define their collective identity, their ethics, their culture, and their calendar–in short, their entire worldview–on the basis of this Exodus story. But is the Exodus story still important today? Does having a controlling story even matter any more in our age? As Christians, what story, if any, should be our controlling story, forming and curating our worldview? The answer is that story MUST remain at the heart of our identity as individuals who seek to take the Bible seriously and that, like Israel in the past, we would do well to continue to privilege the Exodus story for it’s power to interpret Jesus and the Gospels and our own lives.

Ryan Carroll has an M.Ed. from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Regent College. He teaches English and history to students at Lincoln Middle School in Cottage Grove. Ryan and his wife, Jen, are parents to Riley, Reese, and Molly.

Winter Schedule

JAN 9 Ron Julian “The Voices of the Bible: Some Literary Aspects of Biblical Revelation”
JAN 16 Ryan Carroll “Literary Art? The Bible as (hi)Story”
JAN 23 Gil Greco “Becoming a Thousand Men: A Critique of Archetypal Interpretation”
JAN 30 Chris Alderman “Poetry and the Measure of Doubt”
FEB 6 Nancy Scott
“The Power of Stories: The Novel and Truth”
FEB 13 Cindy Swanson “Fantastical Worlds and How to Mine Them”
FEB 20 Tim McIntosh “The Hard Work of Having a Hero:
Models in Christian Literature”
FEB 27 Shaynor Newsome
“Performing the Text: Ministry as Invitation into God’s Story of the World”
MAR 6 James Watson “Literature, Incarnation, and the Metaphysics of Presence”
MAR 13 Panel Series Conclusion Q&A

 


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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