Summer Institute 2018

08/02/2018 05:00 PM - 08/04/2018 06:00 PM PT


Gutenberg College
1883 University St.
Eugene, OR 97403


Summer Institute 2018: Are We All Reading the Same Bible?

The old saying is unfortunately true: you can use the Bible to prove anything. People have always disagreed strongly about what the Bible means. Those disagreements arise because people have different ways of reading the Bible.

  • We each bring our preconceived ideas to the Bible.

  • We each have our own way of deciding what the words of a text mean.

  • We each come from traditions that have explained the Bible to us in various ways.

Sometimes it feels as if we are each reading different Bibles. In such circumstances, can the Bible communicate to us? Summer Institute 2018 intends to explore this important issue:

with such a diversity of perspectives,
can the Bible really speak,
and if so, how?

We do not intend to give a systematic, comprehensive set of lectures on this topic. Summer Institute is always an exploration; we seek to provide an experience with some of the flavor of a Gutenberg College education. To explore this question of whether and how the Bible can communicate, we will read and discuss significant texts from Western history. We will read and discuss passages from the Bible. And speakers will present their own reflections on some of the issues raised by those readings. We hope to provide varied and stimulating sessions relevant to the topic of how we read the Bible.

Thursday, August 2, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 3, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 4, 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Gutenberg College
1883 University St.
Eugene, OR 97403

Go here to register. Or call the Gutenberg College office: 541-683-5141.

Childcare: If you are interested in childcare, please email for more information.

Cost*: (includes dinner on Thursday and Friday nights; coffee, tea, and muffins on Saturday morning; and lunch on Saturday) 
Early Registration, Before July 1:
Individual - $85
Family - $110
Student - $35 

General Registration, Begins July 1: 
Individual - $100
Family - $125 
Student - $40 

Stream the lectures live: $15**

Register here for streaming.

* Financial aid: There are available limited financial aid packages for those who wish to attend. If you wish to apply, please contact the office.

Volunteer opportunities: We can also offer reduced costs for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office.

** Online Streaming:

  • Only lectures will be streamed. Discussions will not be streamed.
  • A PDF of the reading material will be provided to streamers to read.
  • A recording of each of the videos will be available online for a month after the end of the conference.
  • Other Details TBA

Schedule: TBA


Discussions & Lectures: 
Gutenberg College Summer Institutes are an opportunity to explore a topic while getting some of the “Gutenberg” experience. That is, we discuss readings from important works in our culture and also listen to talks related to the topic. 

Readings and Lectures: TBA

Speakers / Discussion Leaders

Charley Dewberry

Charley Dewberry (M.S. Stream Ecology; Ph.D. philosophy) is the dean and a tutor at Gutenberg College. He is the author of Saving Science and Intelligent Discourse: Exposing the Fallacious Standoff Between Evolution and Intelligent Design.

Eliot Grasso

Eliot Grasso (M.A., Ethnomusicology; Ph.D., Musicology) is the incoming provost and a tutor at Gutenberg College. He is also an internationally known musician.


Wesley Hurd

Wesley Hurd (M.A., Biblical Studies; M.F.A., Painting; Ph.D., Educational Policy) is an artist, lecturer, mentor, and the Director of Education for Watershed Arts Foundation. He was a tutor at Gutenberg College until he retired in June 2012, and he is now on the college’s board of governors.

Ron Julian

Ron Julian (M.A., Religion) is a tutor at Gutenberg College, the author of Righteous Sinners, and a co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible.



Chris Swanson

Chris Swanson (M.S., Physics; Ph.D., Physics) is the president and a tutor at Gutenberg College.