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Fred Beuttler

Fred W. Beuttler is an administrator at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Chicago. He received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 1995 and an MA in the History of Christianity from Trinity International University.  Prior to coming to Graham in June 2015, he was director of general education and taught history at Carroll University in Wisconsin. From 2005 to 2010, he was the deputy historian of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and from 1998 to 2005 he was the associate university historian of the University of Illinois at Chicago.




The Christian Story: Developing a Christian Worldview

Worldviews answer the great questions of human life: Who am I? Where am I? What's wrong? and What's the remedy? As Christians, we are commanded to "renew our minds" by learning to see the world as God sees it, to see God's answers to those essential questions. This workshop will look at the Christian answers in the great themes of the Christian story: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation -- the beginning, middle and end of cosmic history as outlined in the Bible. This workshop will provide the tools for participants to teach a five to six week adult class, to equip participants to examine the broad outline of God's interaction with the world, our place within it, and also briefly contrast the Christian story with alternative worldviews. This will help Christians frame a comprehensive and contemporary Christian worldview.


The 'Great Books' of the New Testament

Many Christians know the Bible as a collection of stories, like the Good Samaritan, or a collection of verses, like the love chapter read at weddings. But few can say why there are four gospels, or what Paul’s purpose was in writing the letter to the Galatians or to the Ephesians. Most read the Bible as a devotional book, but in an increasingly secular context, Christians need a more mature understanding of the whole biblical text. This workshop will equip participants to teach each New Testament book from a literary “great books” perspective, examining the books as wholes, focusing on authorial intent and each book’s purpose, theme, content, and unity. This workshop will not provide a ‘survey,’ but rather model hands-on discussion, using a “great books” method for the good book. At the end, participants will be able to lead adults through the entire New Testament in around 32 hour-long sessions.


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