Philosophy and Religion


Price: 200.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2019-02-06 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

In these individual and unique lectures, Jill Carroll will explore topics in applied ethics. • February 6: An Introduction to ethics, including ethics vs. morals • March 6: Terrorism and the ethics of war • April 10: Economic justice and distributive ethics • May 8: Animal rights and environmental ethics

MEN WITH THE YELLOW HATS: Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lamas

Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 29 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

On December 10, 1989 the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in “the struggle of liberation of Tibet and the efforts for a peaceful resolution instead of using violence.” Most people around the world recognize the title His Holiness the Dalai Lama and associate it with Buddhism. But who is the Dalai Lama? Is there more than one Dalai Lama? Why is he so popular? How did he manage to have such political power and impact? (This class will not meet May 13 or May 27.) In this class, we will explore the progression of Buddhism, different Buddhist schools, Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, and the lives of historic and present Dalai Lama.

FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY: How the Sabbath Jumped from Day 7 to Day 1

Price: 40.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 15 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-05-15 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Many theories have been put forward to account for why the vast majority of Christians observe Sunday as the Sabbath. The causes for this momentous change lie in a complex period of religious transitions involving wars, historical coincidences, colorful characters, politics, and, of course, deep-seated religious differences that were ironically greater among Christians than between Christians and Jews. Solving this mystery requires an elaborate investigation into the complicated history of ancient Rome and Jerusalem over a period of three to four centuries. More to the point, the answers provided by scholars today do not resemble the answers you heard growing up. As I like to remind all my classes, “Nothing changes as quickly as ancient history.” The story of the jumping Sabbath Day is a great example.

THE APOSTLE PAUL: Life, Letters, and Legacy

Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 21 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-05-21 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

As a Jew from Asia Minor deeply influenced by his Greco-Roman environment and a zealous apostle to fledgling Christianity, Paul remains a source of fascination to scholars today for the complexity—and paradoxically, the simplicity—of his thought. Christianity began as an apocalyptic, messianic movement within Judaism during the first century of the Common Era. The focus of this class will be on our earliest evidence for this nascent movement: the apostle Paul and his letters. Together, we will explore Paul’s construction of his own sense of authority as a religious leader and expert, a founder of church communities, and how his legacy developed through those who sought to appropriate his authority over the years. We will approach the study of Paul chronologically—that is, according to the order in which the letters were written and how they help us (re)construct his biography. Together, we will examine some of the major themes in Pauline Studies (e.g., Paul’s biography; his relationship to Judaism; his attitude toward the Jewish Law/Torah; his understanding of the Resurrection; what he means by “body,” “flesh,” “soul,” and “spirit;” and questions of authorship/forgery). No prior knowledge is necessary, and all interested persons are welcome. While it is to be expected that everyone will enter with varying assumptions and expectations about early Christianity, it should be noted that we will adopt a historical approach to these texts, examining them in their historical, cultural, and social contexts. Please note, therefore, that we will not be reading these texts from confessional or devotional points of view.