Monday, 11:50–1:15, Apr. 2
Instructors: Steve Goldman, Stephen Ruth
Many Biblical figures are generally considered to be either heroes or villains. However, on closer examination, these dualistic categories may not be appropriate. Some “heroes” did wicked deeds, not only due to their own frailties, but also at God’s supposed command. Is it possible that God directed or condoned what the civilized world now considers evil, or do we need to reconsider our own values in light of Biblical teachings? Are persons we think of as “villains” the personification of pure evil, or do we need a more nuanced evaluation of their actions and intents? In this session, we will examine a number of heroes and villains in an effort to better understand our own concepts of good and evil.
See F603 for Steven C. Goldman information.
Stephen Ruth is a professor of public policy at Mason, specializing in technology issues associated with globalization. He is also the director of the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology. His book, One Year Trip through the Bible: A Layman’s Fresh View of the Complete Old and New Testaments, examines 73 books of the Hebrew Tanakh and the New Testament.