Offered through Continuing Education
@ Wildwood | South County Education Center
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.
Please call 314-984-7777 to register for classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.
NEW! What’s So Unique About Christianity?
There are two unique truths of Christianity: the Trinity and the Incarnation. Both
of these tenets of the Christian faith are ultimately manifestations of how love operates:
interpersonal communion and personal union. Explore how the Trinity is one divine
nature shared perfectly by three divine persons and how and why the second person
of this Trinity became human. Basic scripture and key theologians will be examined.
RELG:703 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
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 is open to finding real peace and happiness. Discussion
will include inspirational stories of the miracles of personal healing that radical
forgiveness can produce and why forgiveness is so important for our own well-being
and for others. The steps of performing forgiveness will be presented and discussed.
Following these steps outside the classroom can release grievances and heal relationships.
This presentation of forgiveness is psychologically based and is 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:701 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
How We Know and Why We Believe
This course is an expansion of “How Do We Know What We Know to be True?” offered in
2018. It examines four major ways in which humans have come to “know” what they believe
to be true. In addition, there is a focus on comparing and contrasting knowledge and
RELG:701 | 2 sessions | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
History of the Bible
Join us for the fascinating history of one of the world’s most famous, most read,
most debated and most controversial books. Discussion will focus 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 scriptures 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, and the recovery of ancient manuscripts, construction of critical editions
and the rise of critical historical scholarship as well as contemporary responses.
Stories within the Bible will not be discussed.
RELG:701 | 2 sessions | $19 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
During World War II the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, recruited
20,000 volunteers to work with the SS in implementing Hitler’s Final Solution. The
Mufti’s effort to bring Hitler’s program of extermination of Jews to the Arab world
created a bridge of sorts between the classical form of anti-Semitism that motivated
Hitler and modern anti-Zionism. The first part of this series focuses in detail on
classical anti-Semitism, which is marked by a series of distinct characteristics related
to history, religion and culture beginning with Moses. In framing the tenets of classical
anti-Semitism we will begin to draw a distinction between it and its contemporary,
specifically Israel-based component.
RELG:765 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
Recently, Palestinian demonstrators from Gaza flew a swastika-decorated kite into
Israel proper. This action marked an unusual but undeniable connection between modern
anti-Zionism and its cousin, classical anti-Semitism. The first part of this course
explores the historical development of anti-Semitism, beginning with Moses and progressing
through the pseudo-scientific theories that classify Judaism not as merely a religion,
but a race—an idea promulgated by, among others, Nazi Germany. This installment focuses
on resentment directed specifically toward Jewish control of Israel by an array of
detractors, including some in the Jewish community. It will delineate between religious
and ethnocultural-based hostility toward the Jewish people and that which results
directly from the Zionist movement and its results. Join us for an examination of
this significant “-ism” from the perspectives of international relations, internal
Israeli dynamics, religious sensibilities and historical patterns.
RELG:765 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG