2018 Course Information

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July 15-20, 2018

After being accepted, students may choose two of the following courses. Two sections will be offered per course; sections are capped at 15 students each. All Theology Summer Academy professors teach in OC's College of Biblical Studies.

God's Top Ten: The Ten Commandments in Scripture and Society 
Professor: Dr. Charles Rix, Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Old Testament
What's on God's playlist for us earthly beings? What does God think is important for how we live and interact God and with others? This course explores ways to understand the Ten Commandments (also known as the Decalogue) in our contemporary culture. Just as these Top Ten Words shaped Israelite society, so can they provide insight into how Christians understand our identity as the people of God.

(Dis)Oriented: Emotions and Faith in Biblical Theology
Professor: Dr. Jim Dvorak, Professor of Biblical Greek and New Testament
It often seems like the only emotions allowed in church are when you're happy, thankful, or full of praise. What about when you're grieving, stressed, or full of rage? This course goes back to the first Christian worship book—the Psalms—along with other biblical texts to show how joy, sadness, anger, and even doubt can all be part of the life of faith.

One Christ, A Million Churches: Unity and Division in Christianity 
Professor: Ben Langford, Director of the Center for Global Missions
Jesus prays in John 17 that believers may be one, yet today his followers are divided along denominational lines. This course asks the questions, "Who are we? How did we get here? And where are we going?" We will look at a few major events in church history to reveal the main reasons Christianity is divided and use case studies to discern how we might embody Jesus' prayer for unity among believers today.

Strangers Among Us: Identity in Ancient Texts and Pop Culture 
Professor: Dr. Grant Testut, Associate Professor of Old Testament
In this course we will discover the ways that social groups—including the people of God—try to understand themselves and the world, as well as what happens when that understanding is challenged. By tracing themes of the hero's journey through ancient legends, modern movies, and even video games, we will explore what it might mean for the people of God to have the borders of their group's identity tested.