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Posted By: rmwilliamsjr help on a Sunday School class - Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:23 PM
i'm currently writing up an Adult Education class to be taught this summer.

i don't know if it is an appropriate topic, nor where to post in here. but i'd like to find a place to solict help.

here is the table of contents.

II. Table of Contents:

1: introduction
2. creedalism, confessionalism, subscriptionism---thread 1
3: the New Side vs Old Side debate---thread 2
----how does experientialism enter into the church
4: Presbygration of 1801 and the questions of ecumenism and cooperation outside of the church
----how do Presbyterians interact with institutions outside control of the church?
----the effect of the frontier, the requirement of an educated clergy, and the disestablishment of the churches at the revolution
----key forces that both limit and challenge Presbyterians
5: a.New School vs Old School first the division in 1837/38
---b. New School vs Old School second the reunion in 1869, handle as a set, even though the Civil War intervenes
---c. how the issue of subscription to the WCF ties the issues together
6. The Civil War, division into Northern and Southern Churches
----start with the war, discuss the issues here, then go backwardwards in time one step next class , then forward one class after that.
7. the lead in to the Civil War, the issues of slavery in the Church
----adiaphoria, the failure of the church to condemn slavery, the lead taken by the liberal wing/Quakers/secular, loss of nerve=loss of leadership
8. the effects of the Civil War in general culture that lead to progressivism
----what happened during the war, how people and culture changed drastically, how it marks a watershed in both the country and intellectual culture
9. The C. Briggs trial and the issues of higher criticism
-----key issue is the rise of progressive thought in the general culture
10. J. G. Machen and the issues of liberalism is not Christianity
11. The separation of the PCA and the confessing church movement inside the PCUSA
----reasons for, and tactics concerning righteous separation
----schism vs unity, remnant vs restorational models, unity based on theology or institutional membership
12. tie things together, what are the forces that spin us apart in the church today?
.....and what are the forces that oppose them and hold the church together?


key elements to keep in mind:
it may be primarily a history class but reference to, and justification by Biblical Theology is not just good but required
the big idea is that God is teaching us something important in history, what is it? how must we use it properly?


thanks for help in getting the thread, if possible, started in the right place....
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