Philosophy and Religion

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2020-01-29 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

For 25 years, Jill Carroll has enlightened and challenged us. In perhaps her last full semester, Dr. Carroll will inspire us with a culmination of philosophy, religion, and various topics in current events. • January 29 Philosophy for Life • February 26 Religion—the basics • March 25 Current Trends—Nones and the Spiritual but not Religious • April 29 Confronting Race in America

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-29 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

For 25 years, Jill Carroll has enlightened and challenged us. In perhaps her last full semester, Dr. Carroll will inspire us with a culmination of philosophy, religion, and various topics in current events. • January 29 Philosophy for Life • February 26 Religion—the basics • March 25 Current Trends—Nones and the Spiritual but not Religious • April 29 Confronting Race in America

MORE RELIGIONS IN HOUSTON: The Journey Continues

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

02 - 11 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-02-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This semester we will be introduced to more faiths and faith communities in the Houston area as we cover religious traditions ranging from Taoism to Orthodox Christianity. While it is no secret that the Houston area is one of the most diverse urban areas in the country, what does that diversity look like in real life, especially when it comes to religion? In this class we will explore a variety of 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 visit to a local faith community making the connection between our classroom learning and lived community. (Note: this class will focus on religions not previously covered in the fall of 2019.)

READING THE SAME BIBLE DIFFERENTLY: Two Stories

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Price: 80.00 USD
2 Weeks

03 - 04 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In the past, the Bible has been cited on behalf of slavery and emancipation, sexism and equality, violence and nonviolence. Today, it is obvious that different Bible readings are driving the way we behave right now. In this course we will consider two sections of the Bible so well known they are often taken for granted—the Garden of Eden and the Binding of Isaac. While there is no right or wrong in interpretation, we will attempt to read these stories with new eyes and a “second naiveté.” Examining language and archaeology, as well as a bit of reasoning, we will reveal how reading the Bible differently shapes us in a new way.

FUNDAMENTAL IDEAS THAT STRUCTURE OUR LIVES

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Price: 150.00 USD
3 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-23 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Underlying Western Civilization, one does not find a coherent conceptual structure—rather, it consists of conflicting and intermingling systems of thoughts. Within these systems some ideas stand out as having central significance in articulating the lives of millions of people. The exploration of these ideas began in a previous course and will continue in this course by examining nine new ideas that emerged in the period from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. We shall start with one such fundamental notion embodied in Michelangelo’s fresco “The Creation of Adam”, followed by an examination of the “Rise of Modern Political Egoism”. We will end discussing the notions of “The Social Contract” and human tendencies towards “Aggression and/or Benevolence.” (Note: acquaintance with the material of the previous course is not necessary for following and understanding this one.)

OUT OF CONTEXT: Misunderstanding the Bible

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 26 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The Bible is the number one book that Americans like to pretend to have read. In this course we will tackle some common misconceptions about it, from translation errors to thorny interpretive problems. Our primary texts will be excerpts from the Hebrew Bible and Joel Hoffman's book And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning. Examples of misinterpretations include the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge (it's not an apple), the Ten Commandments (it's not about "killing" or "coveting"), and the virgin birth (it's not about sex).

GUIDES OF HINDUISM: Gods, Goddesses, Gurus

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 20 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

From Kailashnath to Krishna to Kali, Hinduism has a rich tradition of gods and goddesses. Gurus, or spiritual guides who embody gods and goddesses on earth, are also an important part of Hinduism. These varied representations of the divine mirror the religious diversity of Indian society. In this class we will learn how Hindu religion is reflected in its ritual and how different individuals, families, and communities practice it on the ground. Examining folklore, historical accounts, and even social media, this course explores the spiritual, philosophical, political, economic, social, and mythical dimensions of Hindu gods, goddesses, and gurus. (Note: the class will take an optional field trip to Meenakshi Temple on Saturday, May 16.)