FALL SEMINARS 2017: The Reformation

Two new classes beginning in mid-August:
Wednesdays, Aug. 16 – Nov. 15
7:00-8:30 PM
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 108
 — and —
Tuesdays, August 15 – Nov. 14
7:00-8:30 PM
Perimeter Church, The Ministry Center

Text:
There is no official textbook for this course.  For a list of recommended readings, see the course syllabus.

Supplemental Notes:
A complete set of detailed outline notes will be provided for this course.  A spiral-bound Study Guide of the course is available for $15.

Course Fee:
$60 / $100 per couple (not including the Study Guide).  No advance registration is necessary.

“The Reformation Era” is an in-depth, two-part series that focuses on the major people, issues and events associated with this momentous period in Christian history.

The Protestant Reformation was one of the most significant events in Christian history as well as one of the great transitional eras in Western civilization.  Protestant Christians look back at this period as a kind of Golden Age in which heroic figures such as Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Calvin, Menno Simons and others emerged to challenge the Roman Catholic Church’s dominance over the religious, social and cultural life of Europe.  Understandably, Catholics view it differently.  For them, the Reformation ruptured the unity in the Body of Christ that had prevailed for more than a thousand years and led to the unfortunate fragmentation of Western Christianity into innumerable splinter groups.

With 2017 being the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, it will be discussed and debated extensively throughout the year.  In the course of our study we will address issues such as “Was the Reformation necessary?” and “What are the issues that continue to divide Catholic and non-Catholic Christians today?”  This seminar will provide you with the necessary knowledge to understand what issues were at stake and why the Reformation was essential.

“The Areopagus Update” Newsletter for May/June 2017

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One of the most anticipated books in recent years was released a couple of weeks ago: Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (Sentinel Press, 2017). This is a book that some regard as the most important Christian book of the decade, if not in several decades. As sobering and unsettling as it is inspiring, The Benedict Option is a clarion call for Christians to awaken from their cultural slumber. According to Dreher, a Bible- centered Orthodox Christian traditionalist and an astute social critic, we are not losing the culture war in America. We lost. Furthermore, there is no reason to believe that things will improve – barring some totally unprecedented revival that dramatically alters the spiritual, moral and cultural landscape of America. What this portends for the future are not only the greatest challenges that American Christians have ever faced, but great opportunities as well.

Click here to read the full PDF newsletter

April Forum: “The Bibles That Inspired The Reformation”

Payette-Bibles

A Special Areopagus Forum with

Charles Payette

Bible Historian and
Curator of the Payette Bible Collection

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Charles Payette is a nationally-recognized speaker and Bible historian, and the curator of the Payette Bible Collection, one of the most unique and impressive private collections of Bibles in the world today.

Featuring examples of every significant Bible and supporting document in the development of the English Bible, the Payette Collection begins with a 1523 Erasmus New Testament that William Tyndale used to create the first printed English New Testament.

Join us for this unique presentation on the history of the English Bible featuring many of the rarest and most influential Bibles in Mr. Payette’s 4200-volume collection.

April 20
**7:00 PM**
(special start time)

Perimeter Church, Johns Creek

Fellowship Hall

$10 Suggested Donation
(Directions)

The Dark Side Of The Reformation

An Article by Dr. Jefrey Breshears

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The Reformation Wall in Geneva, Switzerland

(Excerpt from the introduction)

….However, there was another, darker side of the Reformation era that is often overlooked. The century- and-a-quarter between 1525-1650 was an exceedingly turbulent period in Europe and Britain as numerous bloody and destructive wars raged between Catholics and Protestants – all fought, of course, in the name of the Prince of Peace. For while the Reformation sparked a great deal of intense religious zeal, it also ignited a firestorm of religious bigotry and persecution that generated an unprecedented degree of social and political chaos that shattered the fragile unity of European civilization. Along with positive developments such as the breakup of the Roman Catholic religious monopoly, the emergence of fresh new religious movements that brought spiritual renewal to millions, the reevaluation of antiquated political dogmas such as “royal absolutism” and the “divine right of kings,” and the eventual acceptance of religious tolerance, the excesses of the Reformation inadvertently produced a secular reaction that contributed to the rise of religious skepticism and humanistic rationalism throughout Europe and Britain.

Click to read the full 31-page PDF article

 

“The Areopagus Update” for Mar/Apr 2017

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With the election of Donald Trump last November, America is more polarized than at any time in our history since the Civil War. Of course the same would be true had Hillary Clinton won the election, except that we would not have witnessed such hysterical overreactions by media, academic and Hollywood elites nor all the ensuing street riots and civil disorder for the simple reason that only the left engages in such tactics. Also, conservatives don’t have radical multi-billionaire puppet-masters such as George Soros orchestrating chaos from behind the scenes. But otherwise, America would be just as divided as it currently is. As unsettling as it may be, the unfortunate but undeniable reality is that there are essentially two incompatible cultures currently cohabitating in America.

Read the full PDF newsletter here

March Forum: “Moses and the Exodus: History or Myth?”

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An Areopagus Forum with

Jennifer Breedon

Legal Advisor and Media Analyst,
The Clarion Project


Has new evidence surfaced that
confirms the Biblical narrative?


For generations skeptics have challenged the historicity of Moses and the Exodus, contending that there is no archaeological evidence that supports the Biblical narrative and that the story is mostly (or totally) mythical. However, evidence now suggests that there may in fact be physical remains of the Exodus – but not in the area of the Middle East that has traditionally been attributed to Mt. Sinai. Read the rest of this entry »

February Forum: HOW TO DISCERN THE HIDDEN ASSUMPTIONS IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE THAT CONTROL YOUR LIFE

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An Areopagus Forum with

Dave Richardson

President of The Assumptions Institute and
author of
Transparent: How To See Through the Powerful Assumptions That Control You

 

At the root of every person’s reasoning process are basic assumptions that control everything we say, do, and think. Similarly, there are assumptions embedded in every aspect of our culture that influence each of us every day. Read the rest of this entry »

January Forum: THE NEVER-ENDING JIHAD

For 800 years after its founding in the 7th century the Islamic religion spread through conquest and subjugation, and over the past 40 years there has been a revival of Islamic expansion and influence in the world through mass immigration and terrorism. What is the magnitude of this threat, and what do Christians need to know about Islam in order to better understand the historical origins of the Jihadist agenda and what we can do to serve as a source of Light and Truth in the midst of a world that has become increasingly violent and chaotic? Read the rest of this entry »

“The Areopagus Update” for Jan/Feb 2017 is now available

areop-update-jan-2017-thumbThe Protestant Reformation was one of the most significant events in Christian history as well as one of the great transitional eras in Western civilization. As the historian Rudolph Heinze has written, “The changes that occurred were so radical that a medieval Rip van Winkle who went to sleep in 1350 and woke up in 1650 would not recognize the world as the same one in which he was born.” Running concurrent with the Reformation was the emergence in Europe of powerful new nation-states along with radical new political ideas that emphasized civil liberties, religious tolerance, the separation of church and state, and the end to royal absolutism. This was also the “Age of Discovery” in which a whole new part of the world was opened up for exploration and colonization as well as the beginning of the “Scientific Revolution” that would forever alter the mindset of Western societies.

Read the full PDF newsletter here

2017 Protestant Reformation Tour

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Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of The Protestant Reformation with Dr. Breshears and Christian Heritage London

April 28 – May 11, 2017 or
September 15 – 28, 2017

Next year, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. You can celebrate this important event in Christian history by visiting many of the sites where it actually happened. Dr. Breshears will be leading two separate tours during 2017 to historic locations throughout Switzerland, Germany, England and Scotland.

Switzerland

  • Historic Geneva
  • St. Pierre’s Cathedral
  • Calvin Auditorium
  • Calvin’s Academy
  • Reformation Museum
  • Reformation Wall

England

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • St. Martin in the Fields
  • London
  • Cambridge
  • Canterbury
  • Oxford

Germany

  • Worms
  • Heidelberg
  • University Church
  • Wartburg Castle
  • Augustinian Monastery
  • Wittenburg Castle Church, and its famous door
  • Berlin

Scotland (optional)

  • Edinburgh
  • Magdalen Church
  • Greyfriar’s Church and Cemetary
  • St. Giles Cathedral
  • John Knox House
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St. Andrews

All details and full itinerary are available in the PDF pamphlet available here.