Units (Subjects)

See below for the individual units (subjects) currently available. Please go to Courses for information on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We encourage you to contact our registrars to start a conversation about what units might best suit your needs.

Units are available in the following modes:

  • On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only.
  • Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only.
  • Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.

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On-Campus Units

New Testament Greek A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2024
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612/812

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text, providing fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's Word, and enhance the faithfulness of your teaching and preaching...

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Monday Daytime Seminar

AS001-812/912

The purpose of the unit is to assist you to plan and design a research project. You will be introduced to the discipline of research, become familiar with the research methods that you are likely to use in your research, analyse some examples of the research of others, and develop your own research proposal...

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The Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2024
Monday Daytime Unit

​TH001-612/712/812 + TH206-912

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?..

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Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT019-612/712/812 + NT205-912 + NT207-912 

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH005-512/812

For many people the idea of "theology" conjures up images of dry and deathly boring concepts that are completely detached from real life. Sadly, sometimes that reputation is well-deserved. But theology should not be like that. The puritan theologian William Ames described theology as "the knowledge of how to live in the presence of God." Another theologian, Petrus van Mastricht, that it is "the doctrine of living for God through Christ." Fundamentally, theology is about knowing God so that we can love him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength...

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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CH001-512/612/812

Who we are is very much a product of our personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Christian History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries...

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Pauline Theology and Romans (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Tuesday Evening Unit

NT018-612/712/812 + NT206-912

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Tuesday Evening Unit

OT001-512/612/812

As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT009-612/712/812 + OT207-912

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Pentateuch (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT008-612/712/812 + OT206-912

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

​NT001-512/612/812

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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Personal and Spiritual Formation for Christian Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

PC076-612/712/812 + PC205-912 + PC206-912

Powerful cultural forces seek to form our desires and choices. A pivotal biblical text insists, “Do not be conformed … be transformed”. How are we formed? Counter-formed? Transformed … for faithful living, godly ministry, wise leadership?..

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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM017-612/712/812 + EM205-912 + EM206-912

Cross-cultural ministry can shape us to be more like our Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, it can also be a difficult and discouraging journey. This is often due to the extra challenges of living and serving away from our normal supports of family, friends and church; being out of our comfort zone in unfamiliar cultures where we struggle as linguistic toddlers; and confronting entrenched spiritual forces that are dogged in opposing the discipling of the nations...

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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Thursday Daytime Unit

TH104-612/712/812 + TH205-912 + TH206-912

For Christians, church is a central part of life. But what, according to the Bible, is the church? What is it we are seeking to do when we gather? What is the church’s nature and essential marks?..

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Cross-Cultural Communication

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Thursday Evening Unit

EM008-612/712/812 + EM205-912 + EM206-912

Would you like to get to know people from another culture, but are afraid of ‘treading on their cultural toes’? Do you want to learn how to share the gospel with people who are very different to you, in a way that resonates with their hearts?..

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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2024
Friday Daytime Unit

LA003-612/812

This unit is the first step in building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A and B (Semester 2), students will be in a position to work directly with the Hebrew scriptures, and to continue translation and exegesis of Old Testament texts. After these units, students will be able to take Old Testament exegesis units in the Hebrew stream...

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Christian Ethics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8 + SMBC Certificate level, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2024
Friday Daytime Unit

PE001-512/612/812 + CT04

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we properly discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ in our post-Christian world? How are we to apply our understanding of God’s will to the complex ethical questions facing Christians today? The aim of this unit is to engage with Scripture in order to develop a coherent ethical framework for thinking and acting, living and loving as faithful disciples of Christ in the 21st century. Our approach will be biblical, systematic and practical...

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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 15 – Friday 19 April 2024

​NT001-512i/612i/812i

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter.

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1 & 2 Chronicles

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 15 – Friday 19 April 2024

OT073-612i/712i/812i (English) + OT074-612i/712i/812i (Hebrew) + OT206-912i (Specialised Studies English) + OT207-912i (Specialised Studies Hebrew)

Why bother studying Chronicles? Isn’t it mostly just a list of names? Doesn’t it just rehash history already covered in Samuel and Kings?..

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Self-Care and Resilience in Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites: PC073-912i = 48cps Level 8

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 8 - Friday 12 July 2024

PC073-812/912 + PC205-912

Christian ministry is hard work and stressful at the best of times, even when it is a joy and blessing. Following in the way of Jesus necessarily involves suffering and sacrifice. Caring for God’s people is demanding and costly. Unresolved conflict can demotivate us. Criticisms can hurt. The challenge is to keep holy, healthy and maturing in the midst of the ups and downs of Christian ministry. A vibrant spiritual relationship with the living God is vital. We are to attend to our physical, emotional and mental health. Loving relationships with family and friends are crucial aspects of our being and well-being...

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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA006-612/812

In this unit we continue our introduction and experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for the study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity...

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Introduction to Preaching Old Testament

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Monday Daytime Unit

CP01b

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Interpreting Samuel for Today (English + Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Monday Daytime Unit

​OT042-712/812/912 + OT046-712/812/912

1 & 2 Samuel are often seen as the most literarily sophisticated books of the Bible. Gripping stories of Samuel, Saul and David combine to describe the dawn of Israel's monarchy. The central character, however, is God himself. And the obvious focus on history is actually made subordinate to communicating life-changing theology. Ultimately, God's choice of David forms an essential backdrop for understanding Jesus as messiah and king...

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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Monday Daytime Unit

NT002-512/612/812

The church is far from perfect, whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Other Writings (English + Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT024-612/712/812 (English) + NT025-612/712/812 (Greek) + NT205-912 (Capstone) + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies) + NT207-912 (Original Language Specialised Studies)

Want to explore in more depth the thorny issues raised in Paul's letter to the Corinthians and the theological depth of Hebrews? How did the values in 1st century Corinth impact the Corinthian church and their view of the Christian life and spiritual gifts? Why did the writer to the Hebrews warn them about falling away?..

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Church Planting

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Tuesday Daytime Unit

EM026-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone) + EM206-912 (Specialised Studies)

As we read Paul's missionary journeys in the book of Acts, we see that his ministry trips to cities resulted not just in people coming to faith, but in local churches being established.  Much of the New Testament consists of Paul writing to these churches. This dynamic has led many to agree with Tom Hale, a medical missionary to Nepal, who wrote, "The essential core ministry in missions is the winning of people to Christ and forming them into congregations—that is, evangelism and church planting"...

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Christianity in History from 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CH002-512/612/812

We can only properly make sense of our present if we understand our past. Our numerous Protestant denominations only make sense if we understand the Reformation of the 16th Century. Whether we identify ourselves as modern or post-modern, we are indebted to the Enlightenment of the 18th Century. Our ability to understand the American Presidential race depends in part on how well we have grasped the rise of fundamentalism in the 19th Century...

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Tuesday Evening Unit

OT002-512/612/812

'Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Proverbs 4:7). Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Old Testament’s wisdom and prophecy books? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of God, as well as be equipped with tools for doing your own study and teaching of some of the least read books of the Bible?..

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History of Evangelical History

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Tuesday Evening Unit

CH011-612/712/812 + CH206-912 (Specialised Studies)

This unit explores the history of evangelical Christianity, from its precursors in seventeenth-century continental pietism and puritanism, through its rise in the eighteenth-century transatlantic revivals, expansion in the nineteenth-century and global spread in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Despite the challenge of defining a movement marked by so much diversity, we will nonetheless observe that evangelicalism possesses an essential unity...

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH002-612/712/812 + TH206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Theology affects all of life. It is intensely practical. It answers the meaning of life questions such as, 'Who am I? What is my purpose? How can I live well?' – by stepping back to see the centrality of God himself to our lives and the universe. As Augustine said, 'You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.'

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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

NT002-512/612/812

The church is far from perfect, whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Teaching in Intercultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM014-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone) + EM206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Are you teaching, training, or discipling anyone from a different cultural background than your own? Or do you think you might be in the next few years? If so, this unit is designed to equip you to do this well...

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Mission Perspectives

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Thursday Daytime Unit

CM07

God has a global mission! And that means that we, as God’s people, also have a mission. But to know how we fit in, we need to understand what God has done, is doing and will do...

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God’s Mission and the Local Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Thursday Daytime Unit
EM060-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone) + EM206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Our God is a God of mission. The gospel is for people of every nation, tribe and tongue, in Australia and to the ends of the earth. We all affirm it but how should it impact our lives and our churches here? Should we just focus on our own neighbourhood and let others work out the rest? What does it look like to faithfully serve God’s global mission at home? What is our role locally and further afield?...

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Living Faiths

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM021-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone) + EM206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Over 4 billion people in the world follow traditional religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam. Perhaps God has given you an interest in helping people in these religions find Jesus? This unit will help you do that. In it, we explore the basic beliefs, practices, and some deeply held assumptions of Animists, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims...

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Pastoral Skills and Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Thursday Evening Unit

PC003-612/712/812 + PC206-912

Christian ministry is grounded in God’s love for people in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That means Christian ministry is necessarily about loving and caring for people, so that they love and trust Christ. Ministry to people can be challenging at the best of times, especially when people are faced with crises and tragedies...

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Children’s Ministry Skills: An Introduction

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Thursday Evening Unit

DE022-512

These 12 interactive, online classes will help you develop a toolkit of fresh ideas, approaches and skills for ministering with children...

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Biblical Hebrew B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2024
Friday Daytime Unit

LA004-612/812

This unit continues building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A (Semester 1) and B, students will be in a position to work directly with the Hebrew scriptures, and to continue translation and exegesis of Old Testament texts. After these units, students will be able to take Old Testament exegesis units in the Hebrew stream...

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The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2024
Friday Daytime Unit

TH103-612/712/812 + TH205-912 (Capstone) + TH206-912 (Specialised Studies)

There is no more important question in life than, “What must I do to be saved?” The doctrines of grace are concerned with God’s plan of salvation from election through to glorification, through which he brings about his eternal purposes for his creation, and in particular, for those he has chosen by grace to be his people. They also describe how the finished work of Jesus Christ is applied by the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to the believer, who by virtue of their union with Christ, is justified, adopted and perfected to share in his glory...

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Evangelistic Preaching

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 26 – Friday 30 August 2024

PC160-612i/712i/812i + PC206-912i (Specialised Studies)

We live in a post-Christian, post-churched, post-everything world! It’s a new landscape to witness and preach in. New generations need new ways of communicating. But thankfully some things don’t change, especially the power of the gospel to save and radically transform lives. Wherever we are, the urgency of sharing the good news about Jesus before his return remains...

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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October 2024

NT002-512i/612i/812i

The church is far from perfect, whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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The Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October 2024

TH001-612i/712i/812i + TH206-912i

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?..

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