Themes In Biblical Literature BIL120 Workshop 1 Glenn Johnson Welcome!
Intros, Wisdom Principle & Prayer The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4
Themes In Biblical Literature BIL120 Workshop 1 SYLLABUS REVIEW
Themes In Biblical Literature BIL120 Workshop 1 PROJECT TEAM FORMATION, PT PEER EVALUATIONS AND PT CONTRACTS
COSMIC VOYAGE Film On The Scientific Nature of the Cosmos -Primer on Up-To-Date Scientific Theory -Explores the Realms of the Infinitely Small to the Infinitely Large via “Cosmic Zoom” Think of the “story” this film tells you about the Cosmos and your feelings the story produces in your about it and your place in it. Take notes on the questions as the film goes along (to be discussed as a class afterward)
Class Discussion: “Cosmic Voyage Questions “ What do these themes tell us about this way of looking at the cosmos?”
The Scientific Approach To The Cosmos There Is A Great Conflict Still Raging for 500 Years At The Center Of the Controversy: In What Way Is The Bible Authoritative and Inspired? Began With Copernicus…….
The Scientific Approach To The Cosmos HARDCORE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH: Largely Impersonal THE ENTROPIC PRINCIPLE: All things have a life cycle and tend toward decay and death. THE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH: focuses mainly on the process whereby small and great amounts of energy are transferred and the physical results
The Scientific Approach To The Cosmos THEORETICAL PHYSICS & THE WAY IT “IS”
“ Singularity” & “String Theory” THEORETICAL PHYSICS & THE WAY IT “IS” SINGULARITY: A place of infinite energy where mathematics fail STRING THEORY: A branch of physics trying to reconcile quantum mechanics and Einstein’s general relativity
The Scientific Approach To The Cosmos THE CHALLENGE OF MODERN SCIENCE -Difference Between Ancient View and Modern View -Old Universe
The Scientific Approach To The Cosmos THE LIMITATIONS OF MODERN SCIENCE - When scientists speculate philosophically or religiously -There are parameters around which science can legitimately speak -Often, the best scientific theorists found in philosophy or religion departments -Both naturalistic scientists and fundamentalists share similar false assumptions of science -Naturalistic scientists do not relate science to larger reality: value? Beauty?
The Scientific Approach To The Cosmos ULTIMATELY… science fragments the process of knowing personal bias in any scientific endeavor intuition is important in scientific process science is captive to the already past (can’t deal well with “immediacies” of human experience) scientists always work in the coercive pressure of the scientific community unable to deal with meaning of whole natural process and final cause restricted to the observable
Genesis 1: The Creation Account Read Together Genesis 1:1-2:4
Genesis 1: The Creation Account KEY Not A Scientific Explanation!
Genesis 1: The Creation Account CONTEXT OF GENESIS -Pagan View of Creation: Many gods -Hebrew View: One God
COURSE THEMES & OVERVIEW WORLDVIEW? Your Collection of Beliefs About The World 5 Themes of This Course THE COSMOS GOD THE HUMAN RACE SIN THE GOOD LIFE
COURSE THEMES & OVERVIEW THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE 5 THEMES TO BE ASKED First, what does our society say about them? Second, what difference does it make what we believe about them? Third, what does the Bible have to say about them?
COURSE THEMES & OVERVIEW SO WHAT? -Does it makes any difference if you believe that the cosmos is sacred? -Does it make any difference if you believe human beings were created on purpose, as opposed to being the product of matter, time, and chance? -Does it make any difference if you believe human nature is inherently good, or inherently evil? -Does it make any difference if you believe there is a rational, objective, universal standard of right and wrong that applies to all human behavior? -Does it make any difference if you believe that there is a universal human desire for the good life?
COURSE THEMES & OVERVIEW BY STUDYING THESE THEMES IN RELATION TO THE BIBLE, YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE THE OUTLINES OF SOMETHING CALLED A “BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW”
FOR THE NEXT WORKSHOP… <ul><li>Popular Conceptions of God Research Assignment Reaction Paper…Share your findings; 1 Page Paper; 2 Websites </li></ul><ul><li>2) Read Book Of Exodus, paying special attention to 19:1-20:26 </li></ul><ul><li>3) Read John, paying special attention to 3:1-36; 4:1-42; 6:25-59; 14:1-27) </li></ul><ul><li>4) Prepare 2 page Personal Study Paper on the Cosmos </li></ul><ul><li>5) Each Study Group will have completed a 2 page Cosmos Care Plan, be prepared to submit it and give a summary of its contents to the class </li></ul>
PERSONAL STUDY PAPER, RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT DUE WS 2 Turn In Project Team Plans When Done Join Your Group and Decide Upon Meeting Plan…You Can Meet Anywhere in The Building