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Can a Christian Conscience Be a Good Conscience?  Detecting Deadly Innocence, Hostile Forgiveness, and other Pitfalls for Pacifists.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was imprisoned for avoiding military service and for urging others to do the same. But his life and theology were the opposite of the passive perfectionism with which Christian pacifists are often caricatured.  Discover lessons that Bonhoeffer himself realized in order to avoid traps within pacifism.  Explore the impact of mimetic theory on moral consciousness.  Realize that sincere conviction is not enough as we explore a different self-deception each week, and discover how the gospel leads us out of these pitfalls for pacifists.

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins April 17, 2017 and runs weekly at 8PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • Apr 17 – Session 1
  • Apr 24 – Session 2
  •  May 1 – Session 3
  • May 8 – Session 4
  • May 15 – Session 5
  • May 22 – Session 6

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

Ethics
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Fortress Press Reader’s Edition 2015.
ISBN 978-1-5064-0272-7

This affordable paperback has the same text as the first Fortress Press edition, but does not include the extensive footnotes by translators and editors and the other technical apparatus of a critical edition. PLEASE NOTE: Students who already own the 2005 edition do not need to purchase the “Reader’s Edition” and can follow along with the bracketed page numbers in the syllabus.

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On Being Liked
James Alison
Herder and Herder
Crossroad, 2003
ISBN 978-8245-2261-2

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About The Instructor

Jonathan Sauder currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is completing a Master of Theological Studies degree at Brite Divinity School. He is employed by Preaching Peace and focuses his theological research on excavating and exposing the empire-friendly habits of theologies past and present. This course foregrounds his current interest in how the pacifism of the privileged can easily fade from the prophetic into the ideological. Jonathan and his family attend a Mennonite church. His wife, Brenda, is a spiritual director, and their four children are in grade school.

 

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