Uses and misues of the bible

Course description:

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"It is truth which we must look for in God's Word not cleverness. All Scripture ought to be read in the spirit in which it was written." from The Imitation of Christ.

A theological course about:

  • what the Bible is
  • the justification of calling it “the Word of God”
  • how “authority,” “inspiration” and “infallibility” are understood
  • the theology implied by the Canon of Scripture and in different lectionaries
  • how Christians have used the Bible in the past 20 centuries

This is different from Scripture studies (see the Old Testament and New Testament courses) which examine the content of the Bible, what’s in it, how we got it, and how it has been interpreted. 

You'll have a chance to make a brief presentation along with a brief written report but don't worry - this work won't be marked and the instructor will help by recommending readings, etc.  Themes could include historical/critical method, inspiration, proof-texting, hermeneutics, infallibility, translations, or another topic you would like to learn more about. 


Cover of text book The bible tells me soCover of textbook Opening the bible

Required:  The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns. (New York: HarperCollins), 2014. Available as a hardcover, paperback, or ebook(ISBN: 9780062272027, ISBN 10: 0062272020).

Recommended: Opening the Bible by Thomas MertonISBN-13: 9780814604083 or ISBN: 0814604080


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The Rev'd Dr. Eric Griffin

Congratulations Eric on your chapter in the 2016 book, Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and legacies in the Anglican Tradition.  Eric's chapter is titled "Unworthy Reception and Infrequent Communion in the Tudor-Stuart Church".  

Dates & location:

6 Saturdays, dates to be announced

10 am to 3 pm, refreshments begin at 9:30 am.

Renison University College


$250, includes HST. 

Purchase the text book from your favourite bookseller.

Completion of this course can fulfill  the optional course requirement for the Certificate in Christian Studies.  

It can also be taken for credit for the Licentiate in Theology (LTh) program offered in partnership with Huron University College; an additional $85 fee applies.