Lesson 1 (from Prologue: The Mystique of Sacred Scripture)
Throughout the prologue, Mack discusses the catch-22 he encounters when dealing with the New Testament, in terms of it being both the result of and the documentation for the modern vision of Christianity. This lesson will discuss this catch 22 to understand the author's point more clearly.
1. Class discussion: What does Mack describe as the catch-22 involving the New Testament? What is the problem? What does this mean in terms of Mack's ability to discuss the modern view of Christianity?
2. Class debate: Divide the class into two groups. Have one group discuss the New Testament as documentation for the contemporary view of Christianity. Have the other group discuss the New Testament as the result of the contemporary view of Christianity. What does Mack mean by each statement?
3. Group discussion: After the debate, come together into small groups. Have each group discuss the debate. Does it show...
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