Deep thinkers invited to dive into big questions of life, universe and faith

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Deep thinkers invited to dive into big questions of life, universe and faith

Building friendships, praying together and discussing the big issues of life are just a few of the ways in which scripture courses take participants into a deeper understanding of their faith.

Dr Christine Wood is the director of the Office of Evangelisation and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Hobart. She runs the Verbum Domini Biblical and Catechetical Institute which is running two new online courses – one about key thinkers in Western culture and the other titled God, Man and the Universe.

Dr Wood explained: “The new courses will be aimed at reaching young adults and other deeper thinkers who are keen to dive into the big questions like: Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Is Christian faith relevant today? Are faith and reason contradictory?”

The institute has been running for five years and aims to help Catholics discover new faith treasures and become biblically literate, and provide support to catechists and teachers in their mission to transmit the Gospel to others.

“It helps form Catholics to become missionary disciples who are confident in sharing their Catholic faith with others,” Dr Wood said.

“[Course participants] discover the Biblical roots of their Catholic faith and how they links with the sacramental life, and living the Christian life in the modern world.”

The institute offers a range of courses on scripture, Christian mysteries like God, the human person and our place in the world, the sacraments, and philosophy.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Institute has moved its courses online for regular face-to-face meetings.
“It has provided a community where we can have personal interaction with fellow believers, discuss scripture, faith and the world, as well as pray together,” Dr Wood said.

“It’s so important that we stay connected in a personal way and support one another. And we need to be innovative in how we do it. There is a real danger in getting carried away with digital technology during this pandemic. We need to continue to foster authentic personal relationships when we share the Gospel with others.”

The institute has two new courses. Philosophy 101: Key Thinkers in Western Culture examines the thoughts of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, as well as the Christian philosophy of St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas, and modern thinkers like Descartes and Kant. It starts on Tuesday, May 12, and runs fortnightly over six sessions.

God, Man, and the Universe looks at the Christian belief in God, what and who He is, then turns to interpreting the biblical narrative of creation. This course will begin on Thursday, May 7 and continues fortnightly for six weeks.

Both courses are free.

Two other courses are also under way: a study of the gospel of St Mark began on April 30, and an introduction to the prophets of the Old Testament will begin on May 5.

For further information, please contact Dr Christine Wood on (03) 62 086 236 or christine.wood@aohtas.org.au