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Violence in Scripture’ tackles some entrenched and historically harmful views many of us have about God. God is not a god of violence – he is a god of peace and restoration. The scriptures show this throughout both the Old and New Testament. How do we reconcile ideas of eternal judgement, sacrifice of innocents and war with what we know of God? This module will provide an well reasoned argument as it tries to depart from ideas borrowed from Greek mythology and return to a Hebrew understanding of the Scriptures.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- How many of the ideas we have about God are falsely borrowed from Greek ideas of their violent Gods
- How God revealed himself as a God of restoration throughout scripture
- What about eternal judgement? Is this consistent with a restorative God?
- What the early church thought of violence, destruction?
- What Jesus revealed as the heart of God
- How do we reconcile violence in the Old Testament with Jesus’ teachings of ‘turn the other cheek’
- What a God of restoration, as opposed to a god of violence, looks like in our communities, cities, world
This course is split into weekly readings. There are 11 weeks of lessons after which you will be expected to complete your course assignment and prepare for the end of semester exam. The assignment is worth 70% of you final grade and exam worth 30%.