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College ReligionIn a previous post I mentioned that I am currently team-teaching a class called, “Jesus in Contemporary Culture” to a group largely composed of freshmen, most of whom are not intending to be religion majors. Last week we looked at various presentations of Jesus in the first four centuries of Christianity, which inevitably led us to the four gospels. We spent almost an entire session looking at some of the major differences in the canonical presentations of Jesus, and ended by considering the notoriously difficult problem of the competing genealogies in Matthew and Luke. (I have recently written about my own experience with this issue.)

After two class sessions on this topic, we opened the floor for discussion. Thus far our students seem interested and engaged, and numerous students have expressed their prior ignorance about some of the issues we’ve been raising. During our conversation last Friday, two students commented (independently…

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