Philosophy and Religion

THE BIBLE'S PRIMEVAL STORY: Genesis 1 - 11

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2018, 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM 2018-09-11 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

The Hebrew Bible prefaces its story of Abraham and his descendants, the Israelites, with a universal history of humanity in the primeval world. In this series, we will consider the original meanings and enduring legacies of some of the Bible’s most memorable stories—the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the great flood and Noah’s ark, and the tower of Babel. We will look at these stories from a number of perspectives, including their cultural context in the ancient Near East, their place in Genesis and the Bible, their traditional interpretation by Jewish, Christian, and Islamic readers, and their influence on art and literature through the ages.

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 150.00 USD
3 Weeks

10 - 03 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-03 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In these individual and unique lectures, Jill Carroll will explore topics in religion and philosophy. • October 3: Gnostic Gospels • November 7: What’s Trending? • December 5: Flannery O’Connor, readings to be determined

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 150.00 USD
3 Weeks

10 - 03 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-10-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In these individual and unique lectures, Jill Carroll will explore topics in religion and philosophy. • October 3: Gnostic Gospels • November 7: What’s Trending? • December 5: Flannery O’Connor, readings to be determined

THE SILK ROAD: Seven Religions of the East

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Price: 185.00 USD
7 Weeks

10 - 22 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The religious traditions that we now know as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, all originated on the South Asian peninsula where they have developed a stunning array of religious ideas and practices over the course of the last 3,500 years. Confucianism, Taoism, originated in China approximately the time that Jainism and Buddhism originated in India. Finally, we arrive at Japan and look at the complex history of Shintoism. These traditions advance visions of the world, humanity and the sacred ground of existence that are often radically different than those embraced within European thought and cultures. Participants will evaluate how these traditions arose and how they developed over time in response to social, cultural, and historical variables.

AFTER THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-10-23 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The writings of the so-called “Apostolic Fathers” are the focus of this six-week course. This collection of texts includes some of the earliest treatises, homilies, letters, and martyrologies written after the first century (and many of them were accepted as Scripture by early Christians). Together, these texts help us understand the formation of Christianity in the second and third centuries of the Common Era. We will give a good deal of attention to traditional issues of background (authorship, dating, integrity, occasion, etc.) and interpretation. At the same time, we will be using these texts as a springboard into major social and historical issues central to the study of early Christian movements: the spread of the religion; persecution and martyrdom; orthodoxy and heresy; the development of ecclesiastical offices; the production, role, and function of Christian literature (e.g., canon formation); women in the church; early Christian ritual; and so on. 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.