Easter Course and Summer Programmes

I’m excited to share with you some of the courses and programmes that I will be teaching in the next few months.

Theopolis Institute Easter Course

The first is a course with the Theopolis Institute on the theology of the sexes, between March 12-16 in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is the description of what the course will involve:

There are few issues that confront us on as many fronts in contemporary culture and theology as those relating to sex and gender. Yet Christian responses to these pressing challenges are often uncertain, reactive, piecemeal, and lacking in wisdom.

This course presents an alternative approach. Within it students will learn how to coordinate the resources and insights of different theological and other disciplines into a unified, robust, and compelling positive Christian vision. Students will explore how such a vision can inform wise action.

The course will extend students’ attention beyond the controverted texts of the gender debates to develop an expansive biblical theology of the sexes, demonstrating the theological potential and importance of a careful literary and typological reading of Scripture in the process. Bringing scriptural insight and the Christian tradition into conversation with research in the natural and social sciences and work in the humanities, students will also learn how Christian thought can be enriched by such engagement and how we are able to speak with confidence into debates in contemporary culture.

Over a week of lectures and seminar sessions, this Christian vision of the sexes will be brought to bear on a variety of specific theological, practical, cultural, and theoretical questions, demonstrating the capacity of such an integrated vision to enhance the force and clarity of our Christian witness. Questions relating to issues such as the gendering of God, ministry in the Church, same-sex marriage, men and women at home and work, along with several others, will all be addressed during the week.

In addition to equipping students to respond wisely to specific challenges of our contemporary Christian and social contexts, this course will train students to hold biblical insight, theological doctrine, philosophical reflection, scientific research, and cultural reality into fruitful relation. It will demonstrate how principled and prudent ethics arise from the establishment and maintenance of such a relation.

For anyone interested in my forthcoming book on the subject, prior to its release this is perhaps the nearest thing there will be to a broad presentation of its thesis. There will, of course, be lots of time devoted to interaction and questions over the period too, along with a series of lectures by Peter Leithart. The registration deadline is March 5, but, if you are interested in attending, I’d recommend registering as soon as you can.

Davenant House Summer Programmes

Last year, I led a couple of summer programmes in which we explored a series of texts contributing to a vision of Christian wisdom. The feedback from the courses was very positive, and a couple of courses have been scheduled for June. The first is a five-day course from June 11-16 and the second a ten-day course from June 18-30. I highly recommend these courses to anyone who would like to explore Christian thought and its contemporary relevance more deeply, while enjoying fellowship with other students in incredible natural surroundings in South Carolina. You can read some of the feedback from last year’s courses here. I am really looking forward to being involved in this study programme again, having had such a wonderful time last year.

There is a discount for people who register early, so don’t miss your opportunity!

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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3 Responses to Easter Course and Summer Programmes

  1. cal says:

    If this course is a version of your book, why would you make people pay $300-500 for it? And for what, a certificate? What’s a Theopolis Certificate worth anywhere? How can you proffer your skills for such an exorbitant price with almost no payout, especially when people could buy the book for a fraction of the cost?

    I’m stunned.

    • The course isn’t a version of my book. But if people want a sense of where my book is going before it comes out, this is where they’ll get it. Such a course really might not be your thing, but my experience is that the benefits of such a course really are very different to the benefits of reading a book. Many hours of interaction and discussion in seminars, for instance. If you are just looking for a certificate or something analogous to reading a book, then you really shouldn’t bother.

    • demosthenes1d says:

      It’s almost like you have never taken a course in your life. I had an excellent teacher for calculus – I could have just read the book, and maybe I could have figured it out….but it really isn’t the same thing.

      I would guess the average attendee cares not a bit for the credential. But they may have continued education requirements set by their employer, so they can use it to provide a record of their attendance.

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