Philosophy and Religion

THE APOSTLE PAUL: Life, Letters, and Legacy

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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.

THE WORLD'S NEXT DOOR: Religions in Houston

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-09-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

It's no secret that the Houston area is one of the most diverse urban areas in the country. But what does that diversity look like in real life, especially when it comes to religion? In this class we will explore four religions in Houston by introducing each religion from an academic point of view—as well as exploring how these religions manifest themselves as vital communities in Houston. We'll not only examine key terms, concepts, and beliefs, but also explore practices, communities, and our future as a city of multiple religions. The class will culminate with a site visit to a house of worship, making the connection between our classroom learning and lived community.

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES: Religion in the American Experiment

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-09-11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Religion has been a part of the American political experiment since the country’s very beginnings. During nearly every major event or stage of the country—the colonial period, the early post-Revolution years, the various stages of westward expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, the various social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, to 21st century grapplings with technology and late-stage capitalism—through all of them, religious belief and practice has informed the actors who drove these events into the national history. In this course we will look at the distinct ways in which religion was and remains an integral part of the relatively short American political experiment. In doing so, we will see more clearly how, regardless of our own personal faith practices, those of us born and/or raised in this country have a specific religious consciousness “baked” into us simply from breathing in the so-called “American Dream." (This four-session class will meet September 11, October 9, November 6, & December 11.)

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES: Religion in the American Experiment

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2019-09-11 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Religion has been a part of the American political experiment since the country’s very beginnings. During nearly every major event or stage of the country—the colonial period, the early post-Revolution years, the various stages of westward expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, the various social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, to 21st century grapplings with technology and late-stage capitalism—through all of them, religious belief and practice has informed the actors who drove these events into the national history. In this course we will look at the distinct ways in which religion was and remains an integral part of the relatively short American political experiment. In doing so, we will see more clearly how, regardless of our own personal faith practices, those of us born and/or raised in this country have a specific religious consciousness “baked” into us simply from breathing in the so-called “American Dream." (This four session class will meet September 11, October 9, November 6, & December 11.)