Theology and religion courses proving popular

A SERIES of short theology and religion courses by the University of Otago has attracted good patronage in Invercargill.
Reverend Nyalle Paris, of First Presbyterian Church, said the ‘‘taster courses’’ which began in May were proving popular.
‘‘The courses are designed to help broaden and deepen people’s knowledge of the Christian faith.’’
The next course, tomorrow and Saturday, discussing German Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who died in a German concentration camp in 1945, already had 20 people registered so far, he said.
It will be taught by Dr Chris Holmes, senior lecturer in Systematic Theology at the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago, and an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Dunedin.
‘‘The course will look at Bonhoeffer’s life and why he chose to return to Nazi Germany at his own peril. Although he was a leading German Lutheran pastor and theologian who had come from a noble family, he was also part of the resistance against Adolf Hitler and was involved in a plot to remove him from power. The plot backfired, and Bonhoeffer was arrested and put into a concentration camp,’’ Mr Paris said.
‘‘It was while he was in prison that he wrote some of his most important writings… which still shape Christian thinking today. His writings are just as relevant today as they were in 1945.’’
Í Faith & Thinking Seminar: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, First Church central hall, Tay St, tomorrow, 7pm-9pm, and Saturday, August 6, 9am-12.30pm. Cost $20. Pay on the night, but early registrations essential. Phone First Church office, 03 218 2560.

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