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Religion

All students complete a ten-week Introduction to the Bible course. The course is pass/fail, and a boy’s effort and engagement with the material is more important than his ability to master the content of the Bible. The course is intended to introduce boys to the central questions, stories, and themes of the biblical canon.  The course is required because Woodberry Forest is founded under Christian principles and expects its students to have some understanding of what that means. Furthermore, the Bible is one of the most significant collection of works in human history, and our students’ familiarity with it is central to understanding who they are in relation to Western Civilization and United States history.  The Bible, as such, centers on the person of Jesus Christ, and students will consider him as the biblical writers intended him to be considered; however, they are not expected or required to confess any particular faith claim about him. That being said, they will be asked to consider and engage with the implications of the truth claims that the biblical writers make about him. The boys are expected to read the text on its own terms and not use their personal faith as a bulwark to resist engaging classroom discussion or work.
  • Religion_Biblical Studies

    This ten-week course will center around the question, “Who is Jesus?”  We will delve into the New Testament Gospel texts, principally John, and use their accounts as a lens through which we engage other selected biblical texts.  In particular, we will read through Genesis and Exodus, as well as portions of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Job, and selected prophets. We will explore the relationship between historical, scientific, and revelatory truth claims, and we will engage in several forms of textual criticism to experience the breadth of biblical insight.  Our hope is to engage the text in a manner that prompts self-reflection and spiritual growth. At a minimum, the course should provide a foundational understanding of basic biblical truth claims. 

Our Faculty

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    Tyler Montgomery

    University of Pennsylvania - BA
    Yale University - MDiv
    2018
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Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.