with: Alastair Roberts
Baptism stands at the beginning of our Christian lives and its waters follow us all the way through it. Despite the unifying import of this foundational rite, however, it continues to provoke divisive questions: concerning its mode and subjects, its efficacy, and its meaning.
The urgency with which and the form in which these questions are forced upon us can often prevent us from attending to the wider biblical testimony concerning this rite.
Within this course, we will be visiting the question of baptism afresh, considering the breadth of the biblical teaching concerning it, and the manifold streams of scriptural reflection that find their confluence within it. In this course we will be following the waters of baptism both upstream and downstream, back to the theological realities, historical events, and conjugated rites from which they spring, and forward to the life, habits, practices, communities, identities, and revelation that proceeds from them.
While addressing the familiar questions, our exploration will follow streams of inquiry that are much more rarely investigated, yet offer much to those intrepid enough to trace them. As a Theopolis course, this course will explore the profound interpenetration of Scripture, liturgy, and culture in the rite of baptism and the ways that frequent return to these waters can strengthen us and our communities in our Christian faith.
When: Weekly on Saturday, from October 16 - November 20.
Time: 1:00-3:00pm CST
Theopolis Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or scholarship programs.
*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.
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