Join us Wednesday evenings during Lent as we explore faith, reason, science, and the search for meaning in today's world.
This five-week Lenten series will explore what many see as a collision between a modern, literal-scientific view of truth and ancient ways of telling sacred stories. What does it mean for a story to be "true"? If it is not literally true using a modern, scientific-historical viewpoint, does that negate the story's value? Are there different layers of truth? Can sacred myth, a culture's most loved stories, still be "true" even if we're convinced that "it didn't happen that way"? Together, we will explore these issues with our speakers in an open, respectful way where all points of view are welcome.
Each evening includes an optional dinner ($10 adults, $5 children 12 and under) at 6:00pm, and then the study at 6:30pm. Childcare is available.
February 21 and 28: Creation--Over these two weeks, Knox member Douglas Duckett will lead our discussions of the Creation stories of Genesis through an approach he has used with our confirmation classes. "Stories" is not a typo; there are two and we will explore the different stories and discuss their meaning -- to the people of Israel who first heard them several centuries apart, and to us today.
March 7: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho--Louisville Seminary Professor Tyler Mayfield will lead our discussion of the story of Joshua and Jericho. We will look at the archaeological evidence for the Israelite conquest of Canaan as well as the literary and theological concerns of this passage. What do we know from digging around in the dirt at Jericho? What can we say about violence that is described without critique in our sacred book?
March 14: "And Yet, It Moves" -- Faith and Science Living in the Modern Mind--Are faith and science compatible? Does a scientific view of our world and universe foreclose a faith-centered understanding? How do we navigate those ways of seeing reality? A panel discussion will join us to delve into these questions together.
March 21: Resurrection--As we approach Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday, Douglas Duckett will be back to lead us in examining the greatest story of the New Testament, a story that is nevertheless a stumbling block to many. What does Easter mean? Is literal belief in an empty tomb essential to Christian faith? Is resurrection the same thing as resuscitation of a corpse? What did Jesus' followers experience in the Easter event, and was it "real"? What does that mean to us as Christians today?
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