Schedule

Week 13: WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (November 18, 20, 22)

Jesus had a mom? Indeed, he did! In this week's lecture, we'll hear about the creedal phrase "conceived by the Holy Spirit," and dive deeper into the mystery of the incarnation.

Reminder: this week, you'll need to have the book by Athanasius, On the Incarnation (2nd edition, with preface by C. S. Lewis), in hard copy for discussion in your Wednesday sections. See the Syllabus under "Textbooks" for details.

Monday: WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (lecture)

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Wednesday: WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (section)

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Friday: WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (panel)

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Week 14: *Special Thanksgiving Week Activities* (November 25, 27, 29)

This week, we will not be holding class as usual—there will be no Monday lecture in Bauman, no Wendesday section, and no Friday panel (Friday is a day of off school at GFU, but Monday and Wednesday would otherwise be normal days). We are not "cancelling class"; rather, we're offering alternate activities this week in light of the fact that the majority of the teaching staff will be away this week, presenting scholarly papers at the largest gathering of Biblical and theological studies scholars in the world: the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego, CA. (Bonus activity: click here, enter "George Fox University" in the Keyword search box, and see which of your professors are presenting at the conference).

Your main reading assignment this week: Athanasius, On the Incarnation, pp. 70–93

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Week 15: BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY (December 2, 4, 6)

Is the Virgin Birth real, and why does it matter? We end our journey through the Creed this semester at about the halfway point, just before Christmas, thinking about the Christmas story.

Monday: BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY (lecture)

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Wednesday: BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY (section)

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Friday: BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY (panel)

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Week 1: I (August 26, 28,30)

Welcome to the first week of class! All you have to do for this first class on Monday is show up at the Bauman Auditorium, find a seat, and be ready to learn by 11:00am—set a good tone for yourself this school year and please be a little early. Bring paper and something to write with, so that you can take notes and hand in our first graded assignment, the Reaction Paper, at the end of class (see Syllabus under Assignments, Exams, and Grades > REACTION PAPERS). 

The materials listed here each week—Monday, Wednesday, Friday—comprise our official schedule of events and readings. All readings are due by 11:00am every Wednesday, before your Wednesday section meeting begins. No readings are required before class on Mondays, though students can begin the weekly cycle of reading any time they choose—as long as they finish before 11:00am on Wednesday. If you're confused about what this course is, try reading The Course link; for all course policies, try the Syllabus. If you want to watch a video walking you through the key aspects of the course by the course directrors, click here!

Monday: I (lecture)

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Wednesday: I (section)

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Friday: I (panel)

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Week 2: BELIEVE (September 2, 4, 6)

What does it mean to "believe"? 
The materials listed here each week—Monday, Wednesday, Friday—comprise our official schedule of events and readings. All readings are due by 11:00am every Wednesday, before your Wednesday section meeting begins. No readings are required before class on Mondays, though students can begin the weekly cycle of reading any time they choose—as long as they finish before 11:00am on Wednesday. If you're confused about what this course is, try reading The Course link; for all course policies, try the Syllabus.

Monday: BELIEVE (lecture)

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Wednesday: BELIEVE (section)

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Friday: BELIEVE (panel)

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Week 3: BELIEVE (September 9, 11, 13)

Because the concept of belief is so important for Christians, we're talking about it again this week! See you in Bauman at 11:00am for this week's lecture. Lingering questions about the course? Consult the Syllabus, and the list of FAQs there, or talk to one of the teaching team members after class or during your section. 

This week is a little different for us—on Wednesday we have no class, because it is Serve Day!
Here is how we'll deal with that: 

(1) We will not meet in our sections this week. 
(2) We will still have assigned readings—see under the Wednesday class period—and these are to be read, in full, including the "Great Moments in Theology" handout, for this week only by 11:00am on Friday. 
(3) We'll pick it back up on Friday with our panel—the panelists will be discussing the texts that you'd normally have in section, as well as the normal panel discussion material. 

Monday: BELIEVE (lecture)

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Wednesday: BELIEVE (section)

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Friday: BELIEVE (panel)

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Week 4: IN GOD (September 16, 18, 20)

Who is God?

The Apostles' Creed now introduces us to the content of belief and the source of all things: God. How can we know anything at all about God? Is the Bible the sole source of Christian knowledge about God? How does God communicate with people?

Monday: IN GOD (lecture)

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Wednesday: IN GOD (section)

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Friday: IN GOD (panel)

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Week 5: IN GOD (September 23, 25, 27)

Who is God? This question is so important that we're sticking with it for another week! It's worth it.
All course lectures and panels are recorded, and you listen by subscribing and listening to our course podcast on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, and now also GooglePlay!

Monday: IN GOD (lecture)

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Wednesday: IN GOD (section)

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Friday: IN GOD (panel)

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Week 6: THE FATHER ALMIGHTY (September 30, October 2, 4)

How is God a "Father"? The Creed specifies God's identity further, calling him a "father" and "almighty"—does this mean that God is a biological male? A literal father? Is all of this symbolic in some way? And what does it mean for God to be "almighty"?
NOTE: THIS IS A SPECIAL WEEK! We have no class this Friday, October 4th. We'll deal with it in this way: 
(1) Lecture as normal on Monday. 
(2) On Wednesday, we'll all meet in Bauman for the panel. Readings are all still due by Wednesday at 11:00am.
(3) There will be no section meeting this week, and you have Friday off! :) 

Monday: THE FATHER ALMIGHTY (lecture)

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Wednesday: THE FATHER ALMIGHTY (**panel**)

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Friday: NO CLASS, FALL BREAK

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Week 7: CREATOR (October 7, 9, 11)

All Christians affirm God as "Creator." But what does this mean, exactly? How, when, and what does God create, and why? Is creation solely about the past? 

Note: Those looking ahead to next week's mid-term exam, which will be taken on Wednesday, Oct. 16th in Bauman Auditorium, should consult the THEO STUDY GUIDE for our official course notes and specifics on the exam itself.

Monday: CREATOR (lecture)

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Wednesday: CREATOR (section)

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Friday: CREATOR (panel)

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Week 8: OF HEAVEN AND EARTH (October 14, 16, 18)

God is certainly a "creator," according to the Apostles' Creed. The further creedal elaboration, "of heaven and earth," will give us chance this week to expand on dimensions of God's creative power!

SPECIAL NOTE: This week on Wednesday you will take the mid-term exam, in Bauman Auditorium (no section meeting)! Please see the THEO STUDY GUIDE for our official course notes and some specifics on the exam itself. Note that this week's lecture and reading will not be included on the exam, which covers only Weeks 1–7. *We ask that everyone bring: a writing surface (e.g., a bigger book, a clipboard, etc.) and a pencil (and not a pen, so that you can erase and change answers etc.). For this week's reading: complete them by Friday, before the panel, at 11:00am (instead of the usual Wednesday deadline). 

Monday: OF HEAVEN AND EARTH (lecture)

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Wednesday: OF HEAVEN AND EARTH (MID-TERM EXAM)

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Friday: OF HEAVEN AND EARTH (panel)

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Week 9: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST (October 21, 23, 25)

The Creed now returns us to the notion of belief, and introduces us to the center of Christian faith by name: Jesus Christ. What have we learned so far about what it means to believe? Who is Jesus, and why would anyone believe in him?

Monday: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST (lecture)

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Wednesday: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST (section)

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Friday: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST (panel)

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Week 10: HIS ONLY SON (October 28, 30, November 1)

What does it mean for Jesus to be "his [God's] only Son"? Are we talking about a literal, biological son? An adopted son? Or something else entirely? Where does this imagery come from?

Monday: HIS ONLY SON (lecture)

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Wednesday: HIS ONLY SON (section)

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Friday: HIS ONLY SON (panel)

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Week 11: HIS ONLY SON (November 4, 6, 8)

Who is Jesus? And how is Jesus related to God? This question is so important that we're sticking with it for another week! It's worth it.

Monday: HIS ONLY SON (lecture)

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Wednesday: HIS ONLY SON (section)

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Friday: HIS ONLY SON (panel)

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Week 12: OUR LORD (November 11, 13, 15)

Jesus is LORD. If we believe in Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ is God's only Son, what can it mean for us to call Jesus "our Lord"? 

Monday: OUR LORD (lecture)

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Wednesday: OUR LORD (section)

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Friday: OUR LORD (panel)

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