Overview of Lessons
Lesson 1 // What is Christian wisdom?
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding” (Proverbs 3:13). Thought, character, and formation matter deeply. What is the distinct character of wise Christian scholarship? President of Biola University Dr. Barry Corey instructs on the significance of Christian scholarly life and the nature of pursuing wisdom after the way of Jesus.
Lesson 2 // What does it mean to be human?
What does it mean to be human? What in the world are human persons? So much rides on this question: the meaning of bearing the imago Dei, human freedom and responsibility, what the good life is, how we ought to treat one another, the nature of love between persons, and more. Are we merely physical objects—an aggregate of parts? Does the soul exist—an immaterial mind or spirit that can survive physical death? Philosopher J. P. Moreland explains the question “What does it mean to be human?” and discusses possible approaches to understanding the nature of human persons in light of neuroscience, philosophy, and theology.
Lesson 3 // How do we grow?
We all have a drive to improve. Forming our habits and practices, seeking to become people of character, what are the factors that drive our growth and moral–spiritual improvement? Productivity will give you a prescription for the perfect morning routine. Health and fitness gurus will tell you the diet and exercise regimen sure to drop the pounds. But what kind of standard are we aiming for as embodied, moral, and spiritual beings? Steve Porter here reflects on two broad approaches we can take to thinking about human spiritual growth and moral development.
Lesson 4 // How can we disagree and still get along?
As a church and as a society, we’re consistently failing to communicate and understand one another about the dearest, toughest, most sacred, most pressing matters of life and culture. The vitriol on display each election cycle seems to get worse and worse. Is there a way to see disagreement as a tool for making progress toward the truth? Can we learn to disagree in the midst of loving friendships and civil community discourse? Is there hope for respectful ideological disagreement in social media? Communications scholar Tim Muehlhoff discusses how we can navigate the most divisive conversations in “The Argument Culture” with love and respect for our neighbors—even the ones we disagree with the most.