Theological Conversations: Part Two
(Newcomers are welcome!)
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 24 and 31
*No class August 17
7:00 to 9:00 pm
with Dr. Ted Kepes
In this follow up course to Theological Conversations: Part One, we will discuss what led up to and ultimately brought about the Protestant Reformation. We will talk about how the Roman Catholic Church developed in the middle ages and how many of its teachings and practices moved increasingly further fromthe original teachings of Jesus. This corruption led the pious, Augustinian monk Martin Luther to protest against these practices and beliefs of the Church of Rome. His views were dismissed and he was excommunicated from the church and this was the beginning of the fundamental fragmentation of Christianity into Catholicism and Protestantism. Luther believed that eternal life is not earned by good deeds but can be received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as the redeemer from sin. His conclusions painted a dark picture of humanity as hopelessly sinful. We will explore how his position was eventually radicalized with the birth of Christian Fundamentalism. Finally we will conclude by considering the response of Unity Church as it attempts to return to the original teachings of Jesus to form the cutting edge of the Christian theology of the future.
Dr. Ted Kepes earned two Master’s degrees in Theology and Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago and Boston College. He also earned his Ph.D. in Theology from Boston College as well. Dr. Kepes has been teaching theology courses at a number of universities over the last fifteen years and has published a number of works on theology.
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm