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Bozeman Summer Session

Local Community Learning Initiative

Creation in the Bible and Theology

July 9–13, 2018   |   Bozeman, MT

The Christian doctrine of creation has been neglected in the modern period as the natural world has been claimed as the domain of the sciences. Yet the Bible and the Christian tradition provide rich resources for understanding the nature of the world, its relation to God, and our place in it. This course focuses on classic creation texts from the Bible (such as Gen 1-2, Ps 104, John 1), asking several questions: How can we read these texts responsibly as Christian Scripture? What do they teach us about creation? And how have the themes of these texts been developed in Christian theology, especially by key figures such as Augustine and Aquinas? NOTE: This weeklong LCLI course is free and open to the public. It may also be taken for elective credit in YTI’s Master of Applied Theology program at regular tuition rates.

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Dr. Nathan ChambersDr. Nathan Chambers and his wife grew up on Whidbey Island in the Salish Sea, where they live with their four children. After studying the history of philosophy as an undergraduate, Nathan became increasingly captivated with the Old Testament while at Regent College. This led to a Ph.D. thesis at Durham University entitled “Genesis 1 and Creation Ex Nihilo: A Reconsideration.” In addition to his love for helping people get into the Old Testament, Nathan enjoys trail running, hiking with his family, and generally being in the mountains.

2018 Bozeman Summer Session

This class is one of three courses being offered in YTI’s Bozeman Summer Session, along with World Religions and the Making of Meaning [July 16-20] and The Garden or the Desert: A Christian Theology of the Environment [July 23-27].


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