TH102—What's God Got to Do with It?
View outline (PDF) Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Richard Topping
What’s God Got to Do with It? Theology for Non-Theologians
Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC
March 13-14, 2015
Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave
Friday, March 13, 2:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 8:30 pm (public lecture)
Saturday, March 14, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
In this brief course students will be introduced to central topics of ongoing discussion within the Christian church. Topics or teachings we will explore include the Trinity, the Bible, creation and humanity, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church and hope for this world and the next. In our discussion of these themes we will pay particular attention to the challenges and prospects for Christian confession in a time like ours. We will address questions like: ‘What difference does our confession of God as Creator make to the current ecological crisis?’, “What does it mean to be human if we are made in God’s image?’, ’What does Jesus save us from and for and how did he do it?’, “What’s Church for in these mobile disembodied times?’ By taking this course students will become more fluent in central Christian teachings and so better able to make sense of their lives and the world.
About Rev. Dr. Richard Topping
Principal of Vancouver School of Theology, Rev. Dr. Richard Topping also holds the St. Andrew’s Hall Chair in Studies in the Reformed Tradition. He teaches in the areas of Theology, Reformation History and Christian Spirituality. He has also lectured at Regent College in the area of Theology and Proclamation. He has published Revelation, Scripture and Church (Ashgate, 2007) in the area of biblical interpretation and historical theology and edited a volume on the theology of John Calvin, Calvin@500 (Wipf. and Stock, 2011). He is also working on a book which examines the role of the imagination in postmodern theology. Richard is a participant in the Vancouver New Testament Colloquium and initiated the Karl Barth Reading Group at St. Andrew’s Hall. He is a regular preacher in the Vancouver area and lecturer across the country in the areas of pastoral leadership, reformed theology and spirituality. Richard was minister of the historic Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal from 2000-2009.