The Bible and Theology
1 - What is the Bible?
What is the Bible, who authored it, and how should we approach it? The Bible presents itself as the Word of God, who is incapable of lying, in which He lays out the revelation of the history of His universe, from the Creation in the book of Genesis all the way to the future Consummation in the book of Revelation. Register and Enrol.
2 - Approaching the Bible
In this second talk on the Bible and Theology, we learn basic yet critical principles of how to approach the Bible. We ask ourselves: 'What are my basic presuppositions? What am I taking for granted, and what am I questioning? Is the Bible the foundation for all my thinking?'
3 - Observe, Interpret, Apply
In this third talk on the Bible and Theology, we are introduced to the 3 steps of Bible reading: observation, interpretation, and application. We spend most of our time on the two most basic principles of interpretation: 1) that it's not how, but WHO interprets, and 2) that there's only ONE correct interpretation.
4 - Interpretive Principles and Fallacies
In this fourth talk on the Bible and theology, we dwell further on the basic principles of interpretation, as well as looking at examples of how NOT to interpret the Bible.
5 - Creation
What does it mean that God created this universe? How and when did God create all things? In this 5th talk, Dr. Barber introduces the creation of this universe as recorded in Genesis 1-2, and addresses common false claims against the historicity and scientific accuracy of biblical creation.
6 - The Dispensation of Innocence
God's miraculous creation of this universe is the beginning of time, and the foundation of the first dispensation of God's will for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the dispensation of innocence. In this 6th talk, Dr. Barber discusses the dispensation of innocence, and addresses common false interpretations of Genesis 1-3.
7 - Corruption
What does it mean that all creation is in "the bondage of corruption" and "that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now" (Romans 8:21-22)? How and when did this universal bondage of corruption begin? In this 7th talk, Dr. Barber introduces the corruption of this universe as recorded in Genesis 3-4, discussing the historical fact that it was Adam's sin that first introduced death, violence, disease, and all suffering into God's originally perfect universe.
8 - The Dispensation of Conscience
Once this created universe fell into "the bondage of corruption" due to Adam's sin, the second dispensation of God began, the dispensation of conscience. In this 8th talk, Dr. Barber discusses the conscience that God gave every child of Adam, and God's plan to save us from our inability to obey the conscience.
9 - Catastrophe (Global Flood)
God describes in His book, the Bible, a global flood, in which "all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered" (Genesis 7:19b), so that, "all that was in the dry land, died" (Gen 7:22b), "and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark" (Gen 7:23b). Why, how and when did this global flood, this catastrophe, occur? In this 9th talk, Dr. Barber introduces the catastrophe of the global flood as recorded in Genesis 6-9.