In the 21st century, the western world has been torn apart by the fear and misunderstanding of Islam. The Middle East, a term coined by the west, is at war with itself. And terror is a dirty strategy used by both sides. Investigate the roots of disruption and study the period before, during, and after the actual crusades. You will see the connections between then and now as you gain insight into the various and complicated causes for the crusades and for today's conflcts between East and West. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
From commandments engraved in stone to microchips in our eyewear and self-driving cars--a lot can change in 3,000 years. Yet the elemental questions about our tradition remain the same. Do we have any evidence that the Bible text is divine and true? Who has the right to interpret the Bible? And how do we adapt its laws to modern times and changing influences? The answers to these questions are addressed in this course. Try the first session at no cost! Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
When we exam our world at work or play, we see acts that we construe to be evil. So, is evil just a part of the universe? Did God create evil? Is there another being (god) who may be as powerful as God? So, where did evil come from? More importantly, what can we do about it? The studies and theory’s about evil are as old as humankind’s ability to think rationally. Even though this six week study can barely scratch the surface, perhaps it will encourage us to take evil seriously. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Most scholars agree that what Jesus taught in Nazareth and much of the later church dogma is very different. So where did this later dogma come from? The Roman Catholic Church says it is from Saint Peter, who got it from Jesus. Protestants say the writers of the Bible got it straight from Jesus. Twentieth century historians say much of the Gospel about Jesus came from Paul and his followers. This class hopes to shed some light on this subject. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.