The Bible and the big questions
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HRS26
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Explore key biblical passages which inform some of the big moral and theological questions and learn principles in biblical interpretation for addressing these questions.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will learn about key principles in biblical interpretation and how they can be applied to biblical passages relating to four key issues:
(1) Creation – where did we come from?
(2) The afterlife – Heaven and Hell.
(3) Sex – focusing on same-sex relationships
(4) Gender – equality between women and men.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• identify and offer an interpretation of key biblical passages relating to creation, the afterlife, sex and gender
• explain how they can lead to different answers on each of these questions
• understand the relevance and implications of different interpretations for contemporary issues.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course assumes a very basic knowledge of the Bible but is otherwise suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the principles of biblical interpretation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a combination of individual and group activities, discussion and teacher explanation. This will include the use of different media.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs.
You may find it helpful to have a Bible with you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Andrew has worked in a number of roles involving learning & development, policy and communications. He has delivered a range of face to face and digital learning experiences. His fascination with the human condition, who we are and how we should live, led him to study theology and ethics at the University of Oxford, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is the author of a number of publications about religion, morality and healthcare. Most recently he wrote 'Dignity at the End of Life: What's Beneath the Assisted Dying debate?' for Theos think tank. Since its publication he has enjoyed speaking on BBC One, radio and debating at the Oxford Literary Festival.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.