Full Courses

Christian Theologies of Salvation: A Family History is a course dealing with perspectives on salvation that have emerged in the Church’s history. With sections addressing patristic, medieval, reformation/counter-reformation and 18th-21st century theological ideas, the course is especially meant to help modern Anglicans orient their own ideas about salvation in light of the Church’s history. As a guide, the class follows essays compiled in Christian Theologies of Salvation edited by Justin Holcomb.

The Leaven of Liturgy is a seventeen session course covering the Order for Holy Communion liturgy from the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer. As each section of the liturgy is addressed in turn, the recurring theme is how the prayers of the Church have a formative effect upon those who pray, and how, though the time spent in these prayers may be small, liturgy is meant to work as leaven through the rest of our lives.

The Holy Family is an eight session course considering the integral nature of family in the revelation of God about Himself as well as about the purpose, meaning and destiny of humankind. After an introductory session, the study goes on to examine Adam and Eve, the Patriarchs, the Kings, Song of Songs and Holy Matrimony, the Holy Family proper (St. Joseph, St. Mary, and Jesus) and Saint Paul’s “household codes.”

Reading 1 Corinthians with the Church Fathers is a full twenty seven session chapter by chapter course studying this important letter of Saint Paul. Commentary of the Church Fathers is frequently used to guide and inform the sessions with the aim of keeping listeners informed of perspectives from the ancient church about this letter of enduring relevance in any age.

Asceticism is a five session course taught Fr. Joshua Kimbril covering important guidelines for ascetical practice in the Christian life especially focusing on Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.

The Bible and Higher Criticism is a twelve session course investigating the origins and outcomes of Higher Criticism as it has affected Biblical scholarship. A close look at this modern method of interpreting the Bible reveals how it’s presuppositions, which once were considered anathema and now are widely accepted, stand behind much of the bewildering positions of liberal theology.

Defending the Faith: The History of Apologetics is a twenty one session course that serves as an introduction to Christian apologetics from the New Testament through the early 20th century. The course illustrates how the defense of Christianity has been taken up by great minds throughout history and how the best approach has always been to take the context and culture of the age into special consideration.

This Study of St. Francis de Sales’ Introduction the Devout Life is a seventeen session course covering much of this important spiritual work of the Counter-Reformation. St. Francis offers spiritual advice from a unique perspective as a Roman Catholic bishop of early 17th century Calvinist Geneva. Anglicans especially must take note and sympathize with how carefully he directed people towards the via media of charity and true catholicity instead of stoking fires of division.

This eleven session course is a chapter by chapter discussion of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. In this class the subject matter addresses the question of whether the current state of society is similar enough to that of Saint Benedict (5th-6th Century) to justify the deliberate retreat of Christians from popular culture in a movement towards intentionally preservationist communities of rigorous catechesis, asceticism, and self-sufficiency.

This nine session course serves as a brief explanation of the key theological issues, figures, and resolutions of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Christian Church. Between introduction and conclusion sessions, the seven councils are taken in order one by one familiarizing listeners with the Trinitarian and Christological positions acknowledged by the early Church in the patristic era.

Exploring the Psalms is a six session course exploring the overall messages of the Book of Psalms by closely examining selected psalms. It is taught by Robert Glick, organist at Saint George the Martyr Anglican Church.

Short Courses

Answers for Anglicans 2023 consists of answers to questions collected by members of Saint George the Martyr Anglican Church in Simpsonville, SC. Fr. Paul Rivard gives the opportunity for parishioners to submit questions in the several weeks prior to the first session. Then the questions are arranged roughly by subject matter and answered according to a posted syllabus.

An Examination of Conscience is a short three session course taught during Lent of 2023 discussing the three states of moral conscience: well formed, scrupulous, and lax.

On the Incarnation is a short three session course covering St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation which was taught in the Advent Season of 2020. St. Athanasius’ important work was completed most likely in the brief but triumphant period between the legalization of Christianity in Roman law and the beginning of the Arian controversy offering a picture of early Christology unconstrained and unforced by either persecution or heresy.

The Four Last Things is a short course taught during Advent covering the traditional themes of this season of preparation for Christ’s Incarnation. Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell are covered in three sessions as the Church prepares not only for the feast of Christ’s first advent, but perhaps especially for His second coming.

The Indestructible Christian is a series of short meditations offered in 2021 for a Lenten quiet day. The meditations focus on the recurring theme in the Scriptures, and especially in the letters of Saint Paul, of how mature Christians are essentially invulnerable. Saint Paul takes his suffering as an honor and encourages Christ followers to do the same, ultimately embodying the reality that Christ himself overcame persecution, suffering, and even a violent death.

Death and Resurrection is a two session course taught in March of 2020, encouraging Christians to overcome the prevailing culture’s fearful attitude towards death as an unmitigated disaster and to take on more earnestly the theological view of death and resurrection as victory – for those who are in Christ participate in His triumph over the “sting” of death, and have a reasonable and holy hope of life everlasting in their final resurrection.

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