AFS module 7 – Theology of Marriage

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All of us have ideas about marriage that are shaped by our cultures and church culture. Can we find how the Bible uses this terminology and understand some of the concepts and practices that were surrounding marriage at the times these texts were written? This is the challenge we face as we re-interpret ideas and terms from Bible times into our daily experience. One of the exercises will ask you to identify differences in biblical and real-time culture.

As a reference text we will use a book by Ernest D. Martin. There are many books written on marriage from biblical perspective. Martin systematically unpacks the vocabulary used in the texts and contextualises it. You may find this book challenging and decide not to explore all of the chapters immediately. It is far better to work carefully through a few concepts rather than trying to read everything without grasping the ideas.

The learning process in this module challenges you to write a short article one of of the themes that has been significant for you as you explored the book. This provides the opportunity to dig deeply into a particular area, but also to create the structure and communication you need to explain these ideas to others. You will discuss your article with 2 or 3 other students in a group. If you are pleased with it you may even want to publish it somewhere!

Then you will be asked to prepare a subject for discussion with the AFS group. The idea is for students to take different topics and then lead a short discussion (20 – 30 minutes) around these ideas. I shortlist of topics is provided, but you could also choose something that is outside this list but equally relevant.

Finally, so as to broaden your reading a little more, you will dig into one of the chapters of Covey’s book. You can choose how you present your summary of these ideas, either in written form or by producing a short video.

The content of this module is based around a couple of authors, so clearly we will not have direct content with the teacher. We will take advantage of student interactivity and shared reflections to cover the required material.