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RELG:701 Capitalism vs "The Golden Rule"03/23-03/23  

There is an ongoing debate and concern about the widening gap in wealth and the disappearing middle class. In this evening session, we will examine the possibility of building a partnership between capitalism's credo to maximize profit and religion's credo of "The Golden Rule." Are there truly workable solutions or is this a naive question? We'll find the answers between rigid political rhetoric and being politically correct. Come join the conversation and rethink the rules of America's economic model, redefining social justice. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50443
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Catholic Church Crisis: From Local Tragedy to World-wide Scandal02/18-02/18  

In this class, we'll explore some of the root causes of the sex abuse scandal and the cover-up. What was the psychological profile of the abusers? What was the church document called "Crimen Sollicitationis"? How did vows of silence and obedience affect the scandal? We will use the works of journalists David France (Our Fathers) and Michael D'Antonio (Mortal Sins) in our exploration and discussion, as we learn how and why the scandal was able to grow into a world event. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50888
  • Meeting Dates= 02/18-02/18
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Does God Really Exist?02/24-02/24  

People through the centuries have pondered the question: "Does God Really Exist?" In this class, we'll explore the arguments for and against God's existence, from Aristotle to Aquinas to Richard Dawkins. We'll consider all views, from the rational to the emotional, and discuss those we feel have merit. Be prepared to examine for yourself where your own thoughts and feelings about God's existence match up with those of some of the most brilliant minds in history. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50444
  • Meeting Dates= 02/24-02/24
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Eastern Religions03/01-03/08  

Are you intrigued by the major religions of Asia? Begin your search for understanding with this course, which offers an introduction to the teachings, history, development and current challenges of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with the other two religion courses being offered to provide a more complete view of major world religions. This course will expand your knowledge of other belief systems and give you an opportunity to discuss the differences and similarities of the major world religions. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50450
  • Meeting Dates= 03/01-03/08
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= Jan Worley
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
  History of the Bible04/12-04/19  

Join us for a look at the history of one of the world's most famous, most read, most debated and most controversial books. The stories within the Bible will not be discussed. Discussions 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 first, the Hebrew scriptures, then the Christian Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. We'll discuss the Protestant Reformation 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. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50452
  • Meeting Dates= 04/12-04/19
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= Jan Worley
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Religion & Society03/01-03/01  

This class defines religion broadly. We will examine the role religion plays in creating society's standards and rules. What is the purpose of community creeds, rites and beliefs? How do we define what is different between sacred and profane? Where do we draw the line between 'us' and 'them'? We will use the classic works of sociologists to answer the fascinating questions regarding the role religion plays in society, both positive and negative. Come join the conversation and share insights. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50446
  • Meeting Dates= 03/01-03/01
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Religion and Its Role in World History02/23-02/23  

Come join us for an exciting journey as we investigate the question: "What is religion?" Our popular instructor will include a brief survey of world history that shows the compelling impact of religion on significant historical events. This class is a recommended prerequisite for the Introduction to Eastern Religions and Introduction to Western Religions which will discuss five major world religions. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50449
  • Meeting Dates= 02/23-02/23
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= Jan Worley
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Religion in St. Louis03/23-03/23  

Religion has always played a major role in our local culture. In the earliest days, Catholicism dominated the St Louis area. Today we have grown to many denominations and faiths. Join us in the classroom as we take a look at traditions and personalities that built the religious history of the St. Louis area. This class is not a prerequisite, but dovetails beautifully with several local tours that follow (see TRIP 701-MD2, TRIP 701-MD3 and TRIP 702-MD3) when we'll visit some of the buildings and hear the stories from the congregations. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50215
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Joan Huisinga
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Western/Monotheistic Religions03/22-04/05  

Each week, we'll spend the evening talking about the teachings, history, development and current challenges of one of the following western/monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with the other two religion courses being offered to provide a more complete view of major world religions. This course will expand your knowledge of other belief systems and give you an opportunity to discuss the differences and similarities of the major world religions. Cost for adults 60 and over $21.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50451
  • Meeting Dates= 03/22-04/05
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= Jan Worley
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777