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RELG:701 Catholic Church Crisis: From Local Tragedy to World-Wide Scandal02/23-02/23  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50021
  • Meeting Dates= 02/23-02/23
  • 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?03/23-03/23  

People throughout 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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50024
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
Call
314-984-7777
 
  Eastern Religions02/28-03/07  

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 "Religion and Its Role in World History" course and the "Western/Monotheistic Religions" course 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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50045
  • Meeting Dates= 02/28-03/07
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= Jan Worley
  • Fees= $ 29.00
Call
314-984-7777
 
  Forgiveness04/25-04/25  

Love can heal the world and forgiveness is the catalyst to make it happen. When anyone gives up all grievances, the path is open to find real peace and happiness. In this class, we will discuss inspirational stories of the miracles of personal healing that radical forgiveness can produce and why forgiveness is so important for our own well-being, as well as for others. The steps of actually 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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50048
  • Meeting Dates= 04/25-04/25
  • 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
 
  History of the Bible04/11-04/18  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50047
  • Meeting Dates= 04/11-04/18
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= Jan Worley
  • Fees= $ 29.00
Call
314-984-7777
 
  Religion & Society03/02-03/02  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50023
  • Meeting Dates= 03/02-03/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
Call
314-984-7777
 
  Religion and Its Role in World History02/21-02/21  

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 how religion has influenced every period of that history. This class is a recommended prerequisite for the Eastern Religions course and the Western Religions course which will discuss five major world religions.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50044
  • Meeting Dates= 02/21-02/21
  • 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 Fundamentalism04/06-04/06  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50026
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/06
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
Call
314-984-7777
 
  Western/Monotheistic Religions03/21-04/04  

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 "Religion and Its Role in World History" course and the "Eastern Religions" course 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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50046
  • Meeting Dates= 03/21-04/04
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Wildwood Building 202
  • Instructor= Jan Worley
  • Fees= $ 39.00
Call
314-984-7777