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Fall • 2014


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Caveat lector: Although these may be helpful, they have not been updated since spring 2013 (different textbook, etc.).



Date


Recommended readings

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Week 1

>McGrath resources

>McGrath & Dawkins video interview


>Nicene Creed; also here and here and here

>Apostles' Creed; also here

>NOAB: table of contents, introductions, essays, tables, glossary, maps—skim carefully)

>+Brown, Responses, Q1–4: Translations of the Bible   

>Bible in 50 words

>Bible Contradiction & Responses

>Chronology (info & links)

>Manuscript marginalia (an interesting example)


>Perception quiz

>Calendar

>"Quiz"

>Optical Illusions

>Riddles

>Bible in 50 words

>Bible Hunt

>Study Guide 1 (These may be helpful, but they may not always correspond to the readings.)

>Study Guide 2


>How to Ace College

>Do you know how to think? (a self-exam)

>Tips for writing papers

Week 2


Jesus

Bible

>+Brown, Responses, Q5–10: Genuine and apocryphal books of the Bible

>+Brown, Responses, Q11–14: How to read the Bible


>The Greeks (interactive site): read about Socrates, Plato, etc.


>Blogging the Bible (an interesting viewpoint that might resonate with your life)

>Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts (very helpful)

>Manuscript


>The NT Gateway (excellent Web resources)

>Myth

>O Little Town of Nazareth?

>Resurrection

>Johnson & Spong on Jesus' birth

>Resurrection theories

>More on Jesus' birth (check out "resources" page)


>Take an ethics survey

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 3

Old Testament

>C. S. Lewis: historical Jesus

>From Jesus to Christ

>Video: “From Jesus to Christ," pt.3: Jesus in the Gospels (if you want to see this helpful video, please come see me)

>+Brown, Responses, Q15–17: Church guidance; Q18–22: Why read the Bible

>Redaction & hermeneutics (funny, interesting & instructive)

>Translation comparison

>Basic Synoptic solutions

>Synoptic solutions (found on The NT Gateway)
>The Case Against Q (see 10 Reasons to Question Q)

>From Jesus to Christ

>Redaction & hermeneutics (funny, interesting & instructive)

>Chalcedonian definition (excerpts)

>Chalcedonian definition

>The Diatessaron (also Diatessaron)

>Jesus & Superman? (scroll all the way down to see the comparison)

>C. S. Lewis: historical Jesus
>+Brown, Responses, Q15–17: Church guidance; Q18–22: Why read the Bible
>+Brown: Responses, Q45–60, 69–78

>Video: “From Jesus to Christ,” pt.3: Jesus in the Gospels (AV; very good for review)


>Development of the canon

>Chronology (info & links)

Week 4


New Testament

>Redaction & hermeneutics (funny, interesting & instructive)

>"Immediately"

>From Jesus to Christ

>+Brown, Responses, Q23–27: Is the Bible literally true; Q28–30: Biblical criticism

>Brown: Intro to NT, 817–30 (“The Historical Jesus”); 105–7 ("Portraits of Jesus")

>Resurrection


>Nicene Creed; also here and here and here

>Apostles' Creed; also here

>Gos Thom
>Sec Gos Mk
>Gos Pet
>Inf Gos Thom
>Prot Jas

>Charlesworth: "The Historical Jesus and Exegetical Theology" (Princeton Seminary Bulletin 33 [2001]: 45?63)
>C. S. Lewis: historical Jesus

>Resurrection

Week 5


Background of Christian belief

>+Brown, Responses, Q31–33: Biblical fundamentalism; pp. 137–42; Q34–37: How literally true is the NT


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 6


Core Christian beliefs

>Nicene Creed; also here and here and here

>Apostles' Creed; also here

>"Darwin and Humanity: Should We Rid the Mind of God" (theism v. atheism debate between Alister McGrath & Peter Atkins, 13 Mar 2007; or try this or this

>Dawkins-McGrath debate (23 Mar 2007)

>Bahnsen-Stein debate (the "great" debate, 1985)

>+Brown, Responses, Q38–44: The Gospels; Q45–51 Jesus' words and deeds

>Creation retold (humor)

Week 7


Core Christian beliefs

>Nicene Creed; also here and here and here

>Apostles' Creed; also here

>Chalcedonian definition (excerpts)

>Chalcedonian definition

>+Brown, Responses, Q52–53: Jesus' resurrection; Q54–60: Jesus' birth


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 8


Core Christian beliefs

>Nicene Creed; also here and here and here

>Apostles' Creed; also here

>+Brown, Responses, Q61–68: Mary (esp. of interest to Roman Catholics); Q69–76: Jesus' knowledge

Week 9


History of Christianity

>+Brown, Responses, Q77–78: Foundation of the church; Q79–85: The sacraments


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 10


History of Christianity

>+Brown, Responses, Q86–88: Early Christians and the Jews; Q89–92: Early Church administration

Week 11


History of Christianity

>+Brown, Responses, Q93–96: Who celebrated the eucharist; Q97–100: Peter and the popes


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 12


Global View

>+Brown, Responses, Q101: How much has the church changed; 137–42 (esp. of interest to Roman Catholics)

Week 13


Life of Faith

>The Divine Liturgy (Orthodox)

>The Roman Catholic Mass updated


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 14

>+Brown, Responses: Q1–10, 19–27

Final week