Offered through Continuing Education
@ Forest Park | Meramec | Wildwood
Our religion classes are designed to help you develop a broad understanding of specific world religions. The primary focus of our classes is based on religious traditions, biblical literature, and historical developments of religions throughout the world.
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The Sunni-Shia Divide
Though the subject is more complex than the span of two hours can unravel, dampen
your feet in the intricacies of the Sunni-Shia divide. Critical to our understanding
of the Muslim world, classifying these two groups requires an examination of politics,
geography, history, religion and culture. Explore the schism within Islam that created
these groups, sources of and exceptions to their mutual hostility, the structural
specifics of each and the impact of their rift on modern international relations.
We will venture to explain the rules governing the use of the term Shia vs. Shiite,
and in unveiling this essential component of intra-Islamic affairs will focus the
lens through which we read a newspaper, study the problems of individual states and
understand one of the root causes of conflict in the modern Middle East.
RELG-703 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Hagerty Young
June 16 | FP-C, 217
History of the Bible
Join us for the fascinating history of the world’s most famous, most read, most debated
and most controversial book. Discussion focuses on how, when and by whom the material
was recorded, copied, translated, debated and eventually selected to be canonized
into collections to form the Hebrew Bible followed by the Christian Bible, consisting
of the Old and New Testaments. The Protestant Reformation will be discussed with attention
to the implications of printing and translation of the Bible into English, the recovery
of ancient manuscripts, construction of critical editions and the rise of critical
historical scholarship and contemporary responses. Stories within the Bible will not
RELG-704 | 2 sessions | $19 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
July 7 – July 14 | MC-BA, 116
Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness
Love can heal the world, and forgiveness is the catalyst for making it happen. When
we give up all grievances, the path to real peace and happiness opens. Discussion
includes inspirational stories of miraculous personal healing that radical forgiveness
can produce and why forgiveness is so important for well-being. Explore steps of forgiveness
that, performed outside of the classroom, can release grievances and heal relationships.
This presentation of forgiveness is psychologically based and not focused on any particular
religious view of forgiveness, so no religious or faith-based view of forgiveness
is needed to understand and practice it.
RELG-765 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
July 21 | MC-BA, 116
How We Know and Why We Believe
Discover four major modes for obtaining knowledge and their impact on our beliefs,
examining how humans have come to “know” what they believe to be true, with a focus
on comparing and contrasting knowledge and belief.
RELG-701 | 2 sessions | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Ronald Mertz
Aug. 4 – Aug. 11 | WW, 201