Frequently Asked Questions
What should you expect to get out of this course?
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- recognize how the themes of peace and reconciliation function across the New Testament corpus;
- become aware of the peace at the core of Christ’s work and teaching, and be able to address the question of their real life/realpolitik practicability contra the charge of that Jesus’ way of peace is naïve idealism in our violent world;
- identify the NT application of Cruciform peace, justice and reconciliation to the revelation of the Cross, engagement with the ‘powers,’ and nonviolent eschatology;
- understand the gospel of peace in terms of a revelation of God’s kenotic self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love, and decisive paschal victory over Satan, sin and death;
- evaluate specific ‘what about’ questions regarding the supposed violence in the NT, such as the so-called ‘cleansing of the temple,’ the parabolic and rhetorical warnings of ‘wrath,’ and the visions of St John the Revelator;
- become critically aware of the powerful and unconscious lenses through which we approach and thus interpret the New Testament.
What is the format and length of the course?
This course has six modules with a total of about 3 hours of lecture material, plus other additional video and written content. Each section contains an exclusive and substantial detailed video lecture that's synchronized with a Keynote presentation ranging from over a half an hour to one full hour long and supplemental video clips from IRPJ's partner and friend, The Work of the People, that are hand-picked by the instructor. This course also includes an exclusive lecture from a couple of IRPJ's Guest Lecturers — Brian Zahnd and Ted Grimsrud — as well as supplemental readings provided as PDFs. The course is a completely self-paced, online course.
What materials will I need and will I have access to the lecturers?
All you will need is a computer with internet access and access to the recommended textbooks books (optional). Students can access all exclusive recorded video lectures once enroled. Unfortunately, the instructor is not available to interact or answer questions. Our suggestion would be to dialogue with a group of people going through the course, and to seek out a local practitioner.
How long do I have access to the course?
A lifetime. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like — across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.