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Big Questions: God for People Who Wonder

Code: BS8041L
Points: 12

In this unit students will consider how the Scriptures of Old and New Testaments represent living traditions rather than mere inert texts and continue to inform issues in the world. This unit will explore how Christian communities, including Lutheran communities, have understood and used the Scriptures in response to questions about the Bible's portrait of God; for example, the conquest of Canaan, acts of divine vengeance against transgressors and stories of sexual brutality appear highly problematical both to those stories within the church and by its critics. In grappling with the so-called dark side of God, this unit will explore ways of making sense of the troubling God of the text and how a biblical meta-narrative with Christ at its centre informs any response to contemporary questions about divine violence.

Discipline: Biblical Studies

Study level: Postgraduate Foundational


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Further information

  • Refer to the current Student handbook supplement: unit guide for required texts and scheduled lectures and tutorials.
  • Distance students are encouraged to participate in live-streamed lectures and tutorials.

Dr Stephen Haar