The Cosmic Christ

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COURSE OVERVIEW
During the season of Advent, the month leading up to Christmas, the church has long invited us to pray for the coming of God. These prayers help us anticipate the celebration of Christ’s coming, but that is not all. The deep wisdom of this season is an invitation to make space in our lives for the birth of God. The Christmas story is unique in that it looks at a particular family deeply embedded in their own time and place, and yet its significance has always had a cosmic horizon.

In this course, we will explore the complexity of the Christmas story and the vision of the Cosmic Christ today. Since the early Church’s cosmic vision, we have come to know much more about the world scientifically…as well as our place in it. In our exploration together, we will begin with the sciences and how modern cosmology can enhance our vision. Next, we will wrestle with the history of Israel, Jesus, and how Christians’ confession of Jesus as the Christ took a cosmic register. Finally, in light of a contemporary rendering of this ancient story, we will turn to how it can shape one’s spiritual life and practice and empower the body of Christ to address our global challenges today.

Lecture #1: The Cosmic Story – Join Dr. Philip Clayton for an exploration of contemporary scientific cosmology and how it shapes our vision of God’s place in our evolving cosmos.

Lecture #2: The Coming of Christ – Join Dr. Tripp Fuller for a deep dive into the biblical narrative of Christ and his coming.

Lecture #3: The Becoming of God – Join Dr. Diana Butler Bass to experience an invitation to practice the coming God in one’s own life.

Lecture #4: A Groaning Creation and the Birth Pains of God – Join Philip, Tripp, and Diana for a guide to joining God while facing our global challenges.

Plus, two Q&A livestreams and three spiritual exercise videos with Michael Morrell.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Philip Clayton is the president of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. As a visionary thinker, Philip leads EcoCiv in expanding and deepening its mission at the intersections of environment and humanity. With several decades of experience in university-based research, teaching, and lecturing, Philip is involved in the conceptual development of all EcoCiv’s projects and ensures mission fit. In particular, he helps project leaders think about intersectional societal changes relevant for their particular projects. Philip holds the PhD from Yale University; has held guest professorships at Harvard, University of Cambridge, and University of Munich; and is the author or editor of several dozen books and some 300 articles on science, ethics, and religion.

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books including Grounded: Finding God in the World–A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015); Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012); and A People’s History of Christianity: the Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009). Her best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006) was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Christian Century, won the Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Parish Clergy, and was featured in a cover story in USA Today.

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The Cosmic Christ

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COURSE OVERVIEW
During the season of Advent, the month leading up to Christmas, the church has long invited us to pray for the coming of God. These prayers help us anticipate the celebration of Christ’s coming, but that is not all. The deep wisdom of this season is an invitation to make space in our lives for the birth of God. The Christmas story is unique in that it looks at a particular family deeply embedded in their own time and place, and yet its significance has always had a cosmic horizon.

In this course, we will explore the complexity of the Christmas story and the vision of the Cosmic Christ today. Since the early Church’s cosmic vision, we have come to know much more about the world scientifically…as well as our place in it. In our exploration together, we will begin with the sciences and how modern cosmology can enhance our vision. Next, we will wrestle with the history of Israel, Jesus, and how Christians’ confession of Jesus as the Christ took a cosmic register. Finally, in light of a contemporary rendering of this ancient story, we will turn to how it can shape one’s spiritual life and practice and empower the body of Christ to address our global challenges today.

Lecture #1: The Cosmic Story – Join Dr. Philip Clayton for an exploration of contemporary scientific cosmology and how it shapes our vision of God’s place in our evolving cosmos.

Lecture #2: The Coming of Christ – Join Dr. Tripp Fuller for a deep dive into the biblical narrative of Christ and his coming.

Lecture #3: The Becoming of God – Join Dr. Diana Butler Bass to experience an invitation to practice the coming God in one’s own life.

Lecture #4: A Groaning Creation and the Birth Pains of God – Join Philip, Tripp, and Diana for a guide to joining God while facing our global challenges.

Plus, two Q&A livestreams and three spiritual exercise videos with Michael Morrell.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Philip Clayton is the president of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. As a visionary thinker, Philip leads EcoCiv in expanding and deepening its mission at the intersections of environment and humanity. With several decades of experience in university-based research, teaching, and lecturing, Philip is involved in the conceptual development of all EcoCiv’s projects and ensures mission fit. In particular, he helps project leaders think about intersectional societal changes relevant for their particular projects. Philip holds the PhD from Yale University; has held guest professorships at Harvard, University of Cambridge, and University of Munich; and is the author or editor of several dozen books and some 300 articles on science, ethics, and religion.

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books including Grounded: Finding God in the World–A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015); Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012); and A People’s History of Christianity: the Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009). Her best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006) was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Christian Century, won the Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Parish Clergy, and was featured in a cover story in USA Today.