Samaritan Institute for Religious Studies: This courses is based on the book, Wrestling With God Without Getting Pinned: Old Stories, New Thoughts, & Progressive Spirituality by Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins. This courses, like the book, represent the honest struggle to apply critical thinking and practical reason to the myths and metaphors of ancient scriptures. The creative stories of the bible can be true even if they are not factual; indeed, they need not be factual to contain almost unlimited truths.
The classes will explore some of the most difficult points of Christian theology and tradition, offering fresh insights to make the ancient texts relevant for our 21st century, diverse, pluralistic world.
Class will meet on Monday nights, 6:30 pm (Sept. 10 – Oct. 15, $30 & Nov. 5 – Dec. 9, $30). A copy of the book for this course be purchased through Amazon.com or ordered through many bookstores.