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Jesus Seminar – Christianity, God, and the Future of Religion

November 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - November 5, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

$20 - $75


November 4-5, 2016

Christianity, God, and the Future of Religion

Joe Bessler, David Galston


Introducing the Historical Jesus     David Galston     Friday 7:30 – 9pm

The Christian gospels express beliefs about Jesus. They do not reflect what the Jesus of history had to say. But, fortunately, they do preserve traces of what he really did say.  In this opening session, David Galston will distinguish biblical theologies about a divine Jesus from the theology of the human Jesus.

How Jesus Became Plato and God a Platonist     Joe Bessler     Saturday 9:30 – 10:30am

After the earliest period of pluralism, Christianity took the form of Christian orthodoxy. This form is found in the Nicene Creed and still remains the basic expression of Christianity today. Problematically, this form of Christianity is not based on the teaching of Jesus but the philosophy of Plato. How did Jesus become Plato and God a Platonist?

The Historical Jesus and the Rise of Modern Civil Society     Joe Bessler     Saturday 11am – noon

Interest in the historical Jesus returned with the modern period and new debates over the control of modern civil society. As established churches began to lose their status and control, they closed the door on secular reasoning and historical Jesus scholarship. How wise was that decision?

Trajectories for God’s Human Future     David Galston     Saturday 1:30 – 2:30pm

For many both in and outside the Church, traditional Christianity has faltered. It no longer addresses the important questions of life. In place of the tradition there have arisen new ways to consider religion, Christianity, and the value of God in human experience. This session seeks to open a conversation on God’s human future.

In Conversation     Saturday 3-4pm

In this final session, Bessler and Galston will engage each other and the audience in conversation about the future of God.


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November 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
November 5, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
$20 - $75