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New Distance-Learning Courses Offered by Columbia Theological Seminary


“Reading Fiction Theologically” and “Christians and Their Money” are two new distance-learning courses offered by Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning, beginning in early January 2008. Class size for both courses is limited to 20 participants, The program fee is $65 if paid by November 30; $70 if paid December 1 or later. Registration closes December 19. The literature-related seminar begins January 2 and concludes April 30. The instructor is Richard Blake, Ph.D., who has led a popular theology and literature study group on campus for several years. Participants will read one book per month and, through an online course management system, have access to the instructor’s presentations, conversations with other participants, and additional reading resources. The reading assignments are “The Violent Bear It Away” (Flannery O’Connor); “Abide with Me” (Elizabeth Strout); “The Known World” (Edward P. Jones); and “Quarantine” (James Crace). Register online: “Reading Fiction Theologically” The money-related seminar, a “real-time” course, meets from 7:00-8:00 P.M., Tuesdays January 8, 15, 22, and 29. The instructor is D. Cameron Murchison, dean of the seminary faculty and executive vice president, who will lead participants in a consideration of biblical and historical approaches to Christians’ relationship with money as those approaches interact with prominent streams in contemporary American culture. Participants will see the instructor’s visuals, listen to the instructor’s presentation, and converse with the instructor and other participants via the Web and a long-distance conference call. Register online: “Christians and Their Money” 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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