2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Disc 1. TeSelle explores the elements of realistic description and inquiry in formative Christianity as it looks at the human situation. Perspectives on the pervasiveness of humanities moral and spiritual struggle are presented beginning with the ancient world view framed by the Eden narrative and ending with contemporary theologians.
Disc 2. Barr examines four aspects of biblical studies: historical criticism, the history of Israel, ideology, and biblical theology. He characterizes the field at the end of the century as having a sense of decay and loss of ideals. He cautions scholars not to cut off the branch they are sitting on and embrace new ideas at the expense of old achievements. Conflicts have to be balanced with continuity.
Disc 1. Living dangerously / Gene TeSelle -- Disc 2. Where are biblical studies going? / James Barr.
The Cole lectures were established by Colonel E.W. Cole and his family and presented to Vanderbilt University in support of a lectureship in the defense and advocacy of the Christian religion.
Recorded on October 22-23, 1998 at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee.