The TEI International Leadership School

The Theology and Politics of Genesis 1:1 and all that Follows

Taught by John C. Rankin


  1. Class #1: Monday, January 21, 2019: 7-8:30 p.m., South Church, 277 Main Street, Hartford, CT (park in and enter from the rear lots): What is the Political Nature of Genesis 1:1, and how does this Define the Whole Bible? To register, email or call 860.408.1500; no cost for members at; donation for all others. 40 spots available.


Historically, the TEII Leadership School had aimed to cover the whole Bible, church history and a review of pagan religions and secular constructs in seven classes.

As of 2019, this same material will be approached differently (schedule forthcoming).  In open-ended seminar style (and filmed for access by members at, the classes will cover the same territory, but organized through the definitions of topics and questions, and all the cognate issues they raise. When one formal topic is covered, the next one will be addressed. Some topics may be addressed in one 90-minute session, another topic may take several sessions. Here are an initial fifteen topics to be addressed, others will follow in due course, and some may yet be inserted in the original fifteen:

  1. What is the political nature of Genesis 1:1, and how does it define the whole Bible? (advance summary on YouTube: click here).
  2. How does Genesis 1:1-2 set the table to understand the Genesis versus all pagan religion and secular constructs?
  3. What is the debate over creation and evolution?
  4. Does atheism exist?
  5. What is the nature of angels and demons, and how does this affect human politics?
  6. What are the six major theories on the days of creation, and what is the seventh?
  7. What is the nature of “it is good” in Genesis 1, and how does this compare with pagan religions and secular constructs?
  8. Light versus the occult: What are the issues in daily life and human politics?
  9. What is the nature of the image of God, and its universal reach?
  10. What is male and female, and why is marriage necessary for civilization?
  11. What is the biblical covenant of human freedom, its political implications and contrast with paganism and secularism?
  12. What is the nature of the heavens and of hell?
  13. How do anger and broken trust equal the original essence of sin?
  14. What is the nature of Yahweh’s judgment on sin?
  15. What is the nature and what are the monumental effects of the story of Cain and Abel?
  16. How does the storyline of Genesis 1-19 define all debates over human sexuality?