Philosophy and Religion - Spring 2017
Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27
Instructor(s): Rev. Tom Dunkum and June Leslie
This Bible discussion group will continue a verse by verse study of the book of Genesis. Newcomers welcome!
Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1
Instructor(s): Shep Smith
Parables have been defined "...as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning." Parables were a common method of teaching in ancient times and a favorite teaching device of Jesus. We will examine and discuss four parables and see what they tell us in the 21st century: Wages and Hours; the Older Son; Weeds and Wheat; and Rich Man and the Beggar.
Death, Dying and the Afterlife
Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27
Instructor(s): Bryan McChesney
This class will take students on an exploration of this topic through the eyes of theology, philosophy, psychology and the cultures. We will look at different approaches with Confucius, Buddha, St. Paul, Epicurus, Camus, Freud, Kubler-Ross, C.S. Lewis, Dylan Thomas and many others, as to death, the rituals of dying and what happens after death. Entering into these discussions, we may gain insights into what it means to be human. These reflections may change how we live and die.
Biblical History: Archaeological Discoveries
Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Instructor(s): Dr. Ryan Ahlgrim
Explore the archaeological discoveries in the Middle East that have confirmed, corrected and expanded our understanding of ancient Judaism and Christianity. Six sessions will focus on: the origins of Israel, Jerusalem's history, Solomon and Herod's temples, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Galilee in the time of Jesus, and the Nag Hammadi Library.
Jan 25, Feb 22, March 22, April 26
Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis
Our ongoing philosophical discussion uses the Socratic Method to discuss questions, topics, or issues through perspectives of various philosophers, from Aristotle to the present, as well as through one's own experiences. The discussions this session will focus on ethics.
Introduction to Islam and the Rights of Women
Feb 8, 15
Instructor(s): Maha Shawky Whitfield
This course will be an introduction to the history and religious tradition of Islam. The life of the Prophet Muhammad, the teaching of the Quran and Hadith, and the different religious sects within Islam will be discussed. Women are given rights under the Quran equal to those of Muslim men. Prominent among them are educational and financial independence. Today, under the Taliban and other Muslim extremists, women are losing most of their God-given rights. Sharia law as well as Islamic tradition will also be covered.
Comparative Religion Series: Looking at the Christian Faith
Feb 28, March 7, 14
Instructor(s): Dr. Edward Garrett, Jr.
In response to many requests of LLI members who participated in a recent survey, a series of classes on the religious traditions of several world religions will be offered in 2017. We will begin our exploration with a look at Christianity. How would you describe or explain the Christian faith to someone? To help in the answering of this question, we will be discussing in our sessions some fundamental topics concerning Christianity, such as: What are some of Christianity's basic beliefs and principles? What are the earliest sacred Christian writings? How do the Christian Scriptures describe Jesus? Who were the first Christian believers? What is the central mystery of the Christian faith? What is original sin? What do the terms salvation and redemption mean? What is ecumenism? If you have ever wondered about any (or all) of these topics and their meaning; or if you have other questions concerning Christianity, here is a great opportunity to reaffirm and to discover new ideas about your faith perspective. Come and examine old and new concepts of Christianity.