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Study Qeustions from Bible Study 5/12

Chester O.
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Minneapolis, MN
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The Sciences and Religion (Secular Bible Study, May 12, 2009)

I. Exercise 1: Discuss the following terms in small groups
A. What’s your understanding of the concepts, science and religion? Give an example to distinguish and clarify each. Consider and discuss their relationship.
B. Myth and Theology are aspects of some religions.
1. What is your understanding of myth and theology? How are they different? How are they related?
2. How might they be important? What is their function or purpose?
3. How might they be related and unrelated, supportive and opposed, to the sciences?
C. Fact and Value: What is the relationship of these concepts? Give an example to help clarify each.

II. Paul Capetz’s Presentation

III. Exercise 2: Response to Presentation (in small group)
A. What have you discovered or learned either in the small group discussion or in Dr. Capetz’s presentation that changed how you think about the sciences, religion, myth and theology and their relationship?
B. Appying what we’ve learned to a Miracle Story: Read Matthew 15.32-15.39.
1. What aspects of the story could be factual, what mythical? How might you understand or interpret this story mythologically, theologically, and scientifically?
2. Must the story be literally factual in order to be true, valuable or relevant? Why? If you think the story is not literally factual, on what basis might it be true, valuable or relevant?
3. Do you find any value to the story, even if it’s not factual? What?
4. Did the the previous discussions and presentation change your approach to or understanding of the story and its significance? How and why?
5. Matthew 16.5-12 is an interesting and often overlooked follow-up to 15.32-39. Do Jesus’ words in 16.5-12 provide any clues to understanding the previous passage? How might they be relevant to the subject matter of the present discussion?

IV. Wrap-up
A. Report small group discussion to large group (elect someone in the group to report on behalf of the group).
B. Follow-up questions for Dr. Capetz.
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