About SPdL U

SPDLU-slide copySPdL U is a Second-Ponce’s Wednesday night program. SPdL U offers unique and in-depth “seminary-style” courses about the Bible, theology, spiritual development and Christian living to adult students in the greater Atlanta area, all on the campus of Second-Ponce. The courses offered at SPdL U will cover a wide range of topics. They are all designed to give adults new and varied ways to grow intellectually and spiritually, address questions asked by Christians and non-Christians alike and help you develop a richer understanding of and deeper faith in God and His word.

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You may also pick up a form in the Welcome Center and bring it with you the day of the course. Walk-ins will be accepted when space allows.

Coming to SPdL U beginning February 1:

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
The Soul of Christianity Today
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Beginning February 1

 

Leaning heavily on the work of renowned writer Huston Smith, we’ll take a look at a faith that Smith feels has been “hijacked” by politicians who exploit it for their own needs. He decries the exercise of business that widens the gap between rich and poor, and fears education has lost its sense of direction. For Smith, the media has become a business that sensationalizes news rather than broadening our understanding, and art and music have become commercial and shocking rather than enlightening. Smith reserves his harshest condemnation, however, for secular modernity, which has stemmed from the misreading of science—the mistake of assuming that “absence of evidence” of a scientific nature is “evidence of absence.”

Though there is a wide variety of contemporary interpretations of Christianity—some of them conflicting—Smith cuts through these to describe Christianity’s “Great Tradition,” the common faith of the first millennium of believers, which is the trunk of the tree from which Christianity’s many branches, twigs, and leaves have grown. This is not the exclusivist Christianity of strict fundamentalists, nor the liberal, watered-down Christianity practiced by many contemporary churchgoers.

This fresh examination of the Christian worldview, its history, and its major branches provides the deepest, most authentic vision of Christianity—one that is both tolerant and substantial, traditional and relevant.