Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore will host a workshop by Wesleyan scholar Michael Lodahl, "What Does It Mean to Be Human? Reading the Bible and the Qur'an Side-by-Side," on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.
There is no cost and the event is open to the public.
The Rev. Dr. Lodahl is professor of Theology and World Religions at Point Loma Nazarene University and is an acclaimed author, teacher, scholar, and speaker. He has studied widely in Israel and Jordan, and has taught and written extensively on issues related to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Dr. Lodahl is the author of a 2010 book titled, Claiming Abraham: Reading the Bible and the Qur'an Side by Side.
The focus of the Aug. 23 workshop will be a comparison of how the story about the human task of naming all the creatures takes shape, as reported in the biblical account in Genesis and within the Qur'an. Dr. Lodahl will examine the implications arising from the different versions of the story and how they impact our understanding of God, ourselves, and the world we inhabit.
For more information contact the Rev. Chuck Johnstone, pastor of Asbury UMC, at 925.447.1950, Ext. 101.
The church is located at 4743 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550.