Lay Education Winter 2018

par Knox College

  • lundi, 22 janvier 2018 de 7:00 Matin à lundi, 05 mars 2018 9:00 Après-midi (HNA)

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A PRESBYTERIAN’S GUIDE TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Instructor: Dr. Brian Irwin, Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture

Dates: January 22 through March 5, 2018

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Sir Isaac Newton thought he knew. Lots of TV preachers seem to think they know. Even Nicholas Cage has had something to say on the subject. Why am I the only one who seems baffled by the books of Daniel, Revelation, and what they mean? Is this you? If so, help is on the way!

Enroll today in, A Presbyterian’s Guide to the End of the World. Over six online sessions, Knox College professor Brian Irwin will guide you on a journey through the fascinating, baffling, and often bizarre world that is End Times speculation. You’ll discover the theological thinking underlying the most dominant theory of how the world will end. Most importantly, you’ll explore the books of Daniel and Revelation to learn how they spoke to their first, persecuted readers and what they have to say to us today.

This is what you can expect in our six sessions together:

Session 1 (Week of January 22) - A History of End Times Predictions

Every few years or so it seems that someone is predicting the end of the world! Why does this keep happening? In this introductory talk, Dr. Irwin will reveal the long and fascinating history of end times speculation and share the secret to avoiding your own embarrassing end times prediction.

Session 2 (Week of January 29) - The World of Dispensationalism

Why do some people read Daniel and Revelation and see one thing and other people read the same books and find a detailed plan for end times? In this talk, we’ll look at dispensationalism, the theological system that underlies most end times speculation today.

Session 3 (Week of February 5) - The End of the World According to Premillennial Dispensationalism

Perhaps you’ve read one of the Left Behind series of novels. Many dispensationalist writers and preachers lay out a very specific timeline of the drastic events that will precede the return of Christ and the end of the world. In this session, we’ll go over how dispensationalism sees the world wrapping up as superpowers square off in the Middle East in the final showdown at Armageddon.

Session 4 (Week of February 12) - Understanding Prophecy and Apocalyptic

Pick up a newspaper and you will find all manner of writing. News stories, film reviews, obituaries—all are different kinds of writing intended to communicate in different ways and to different ends. The Bible too, is full of different types of literature and in this session, we’ll look at the two most important genres for understanding end times. 

Week of February 19 - Knox College Reading Week - No class session

Enough disaster already! Take this week to relax and gather your senses. You can also use it to read through the books of Daniel and Revelation in preparation for our last two sessions.

Session 5 (Week of February 26)- The Book of Daniel, Then and Now

Have you ever watched a movie that took an unexpected turn. The book of Daniel is like that. What starts out as a series of engaging stories suddenly turns into a mashup of wild visions and terrifying monsters. What’s that all about? In this session we’ll move through Daniel to discover how it spoke to its original audience and what it might say to us today.

Session 6 (Week of March 5) - The Book of Revelation, Then and Now

The earliest followers of Jesus inhabited a world dominated by Rome. The power of imperial Rome was everywhere and it demanded full submission! The result was temptation and danger for the followers of Jesus who served the one true king of the universe. In this session, we’ll explore how the mysterious visions of Revelation steeled the early church to stay true to Christ and how this message relates to our world today.

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22 janvier 2018
lundi, 22 janvier 2018 7:00 Matin (HNA)

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