Among other things, this semester I’m working on a new course for The Teaching Company (also known as The Great Courses). This will be my eighth course with them. The other seven have all (with one exception) been 24-lecture courses, with each lecture at 30 minutes. So too will this one. Doing these courses is a great privilege and a terrific experience. What I especially appreciate about them is that they reach many thousands of people who may not otherwise have expert-level access to the material covered in them. And I think that when it comes to issues related to religion – and Christianity in particular – that’s really important. We have enough ignorance in the world as it is, and anything that we can do to combat it is all to the good.
If you aren’t familiar with the Great Courses, you would do yourself a great service to look them up. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/search/search.aspx?searchphrase=erhman
I myself have watched a number of courses in other fields (e.g. The History of Rome, How to Understand and Appreciate Great Music; Shakespeare; and on and on). They cover an enormous range of topics, and they are all done by real experts who are skilled lecturers. It is a very tough screening process to get to be able to do one of these courses. The numbers of professors who want to do them who are not, well, invited are staggering. I had the *unbelievable* good fortune of getting connected to them many years ago, long before it was so tough to get on board. My point is that if you want to learn about something, this is one of the bona fide very best ways to do it – the professors are highly knowledgeable experts who are unusually skilled lecturers.
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