Clark Center for Theological Studies

Clark Center for Theological Studies Courses



This Spring we will dive deep into Biblical Interpretation with Dr. Oliver Clark, Minister and founder of the Clark Center.  Spring session I is January 22-March 12. Spring Session II will focus on Church History spanning 2000 years since the death of Christ.  This session will be led by Dr. David Bains, professor at Samford University. Session II is March 19-May 14.

 BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION: Multiple Approaches

 How important is the Bible in your personal spiritual life?  Why do you feel as you do?  Why do all Christians not agree on the relevance of this sacred book? How can we make sense of a book, parts of which were written over two thousand years ago, sometime dealing with events that go back to the beginning of the world? The Bible in places seems to justify war, slavery, the idea that “might makes right”, that God is a harsh judge and we must behave as he pleases to earn his love?  How can you distinguish between ideas that are to be taken literally, and those better understood as metaphors?

Our main textbook will be MAKING SENSE of the BIBLE: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, by Adam Hamilton; however, we will also quickly cover at least ten other approaches, reading hand-out selections from BIBLICAL EXEGESIS:  A Beginner’s Handbook, by Hayes and Holladay. We will close with a look at Richard Rohr’s perspective.

These are just a few of the questions we will struggle with in the Winter/2016 Clark Center for Theological Study sessions beginning January 22 at 5:00 pm in room M227. Adam Hamilton’s book, Making Sense of the Bible, can be purchased in the Resource Center. It would be helpful, but not essential, if you could read the first few chapters prior to the first class.

Register by emailing ellen.thomas@canterburyumc.org or oliver.clark@canterburyumc.org.