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RELG:701 Catholic Church Crisis: From Local Tragedy to World-wide Scandal10/05-10/05  

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= 201525 70085
  • Meeting Dates= 10/05-10/05
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Cultivating an Interfaith Attitude: "Getting to Know You...& Respect Your Religious Differences"09/30-09/30  

Far from being a melting pot, America is more like a stew with many differing religious beliefs now sharing a common life. This class will explore the implications, theoretically and practically, on developing better interfaith knowledge and respect of our neighbors. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70095
  • Meeting Dates= 09/30-09/30
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Does God Really Exist?10/01-10/01  

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= 201525 70083
  • Meeting Dates= 10/01-10/01
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Eastern Religions09/15-09/22  

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= 201525 70016
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-09/22
  • 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 Bible10/27-11/03  

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= 201525 70077
  • Meeting Dates= 10/27-11/03
  • 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
 
  In the Belly of the Beast: Early Christianity and the Roman Empire11/02-11/02  

The Roman Empire is well known for its persecution of early Christians. However, the Roman Empire also supported the spread and development of Christianity in many ways. This class will examine the growth of early Christianity and its relationship to the Roman Empire. In spite of harsh treatment and various setbacks, Christianity continued to grow stronger as the Roman Empire decayed. We will examine how early Christians were able to capitalize on the positive as well as the negative aspects of this relationship, beginning with Jesus of Nazareth and ending after the fall of the Roman Empire in AD 500. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70042
  • Meeting Dates= 11/02-11/02
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Timothy Hetrick
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Psychology of Religion11/05-11/05  

In this class, we'll delve into why humans believe in and seek out God and heaven. Are we "pre-wired" to believe in a supernatural reality? What does it mean to sense God's presence? What is mysticism? What does it mean to be "born again?" We will use the classic works of psychologists like William James and Carl Jung to search for answers as to why we seek out that which we cannot see or touch. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70084
  • Meeting Dates= 11/05-11/05
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Religion & Violence10/15-10/15  

Does religion cause violence? In this class, we'll examine the theological, psychological and sociological reasons why religion and violence are often bound together. You'll begin to understand the reasons for the violence you see in the media and recognize the misrepresentation of this violence. We'll close the evening with a hopeful discussion of how the violence can be stopped. Join us for a lively, thought-provoking evening. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70080
  • Meeting Dates= 10/15-10/15
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Religion and Its Role in World History09/08-09/08  

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= 201525 70015
  • Meeting Dates= 09/08-09/08
  • 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
 
  Religious Fundamentalism09/23-09/23  

Fundamentalism, regardless of which religion, is a means of dealing with a changing world. Often this is done through a literal interpretation of a sacred scripture. We'll explore why people migrate towards a fundamentalist approach to life and what effect this has on society, both locally and globally. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70082
  • Meeting Dates= 09/23-09/23
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Western/Monotheistic Religions09/29-10/13  

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 $22.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70017
  • Meeting Dates= 09/29-10/13
  • 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