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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 be discussed.
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

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