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New Issue of Online Journal Addresses the Topic of Fear


Decatur, GA.— Columbia Theological Seminary has released the second issue of its free online journal, @ this point. This issue, titled “Do Not Be Afraid???,” focuses on the topic of fear. According to co-editor Mark Douglas, the articles in this issue address a few essential questions: How can we pursue acts of Christian discipleship in a culture of fear? How is it that “perfect love casts out fear” but “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom?” And what is it we’re afraid of, anyway? Developed with church members in mind and published twice a year, @ this point is free and available only online at All the content can be downloaded and reproduced without charge. Founding editors are Douglas, who is associate professor Christian ethics, and Kathy Dawson, assistant professor of Christian education. Each issue of @ this point focuses on a particular topic from the perspective of a variety of theological disciplines and includes a lead article, response articles, and teaching resources to guide further discussion. Articles in this issue were written by Scott Bader-Saye, author of the forthcoming Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear; Old Testament scholar William P. Brown; the highly acclaimed preacher and author Barbara Brown Taylor; and former PC(USA) Moderator Rick Ufford-Chase. Teaching resources include four lesson plans written by 2006 graduate Jihyun Oh and an annotated bibliography by Marissa Myers, an M.Div. student who is serving as the journal’s assistant editor. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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