We Can Fantasize, Anyway

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imageThe Huffington Post is reporting:

Headline: Harvard Bible edX Course ‘Early Christianity: The Letters Of Paul’ Draws 22,000 Students From 180 Countries– And Counting

Harvard professor Laura Nasrallah’s edX online course "Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul," has been called the largest and most concentrated scholarly discussion of Biblical studies in history, according to edX.

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"Early Christianity" began just last week, and currently boasts a registration statistic of 22,000 students from 180 countries, according to information from edX. So far, 14,343 students have accessed the course software, spending a cumulative total of 2,822 hours in the course (approximately 201 days) where it’s possible to annotate text using the Poetry Genius website, view video lectures, and complete exercises. Forum activity has reached over 22,000 posts, and is increasing every day, while scores of students have recorded video introductions to get to know their far-flung classmates.

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Nasrallah told The Huffington Post that she’s been impressed with the respectful and intelligent academic interaction going on in the discussion boards. "Religion in general and biblical studies in particular can lead to people feeling uncomfortable or upset at others’ opinions," she said. "But I haven’t found this in the Early Christianity: Letters of Paul course module. For example, one ‘conversation’ I read was between a self-proclaimed atheist and someone who self-identified as a born-again Christian. . . and the discussion was thoughtful and respectful although they differed in interpretation!"

2 thoughts on “We Can Fantasize, Anyway”

  1. The site says Paul’s texts have an “enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today.” This is an understatement. Not only the best Christian scholars but Jewish ones as well are doing their best to “decipher” Paul and his explanation about the meaning of Christ. It is recognised that Paul is someone who has to be reckoned with, he can help elucidate the interpretation of history for those who subscribe to the Bible.

  2. The site says “such an important impact in Christian communities and in politics today.” This is an understatement. Paul’s texts are proving to be something very difficult to “decipher” not only by Christian but also by Jewish scholars. This is not surprising for an apostle who went very deep into the meaning of Christ and important for those who subscribe to the Bible.

    There will be problems when it comes to what Paul wrote and what is being demanded in Christian circles today, not to speak about the interpretation of history.

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