Offered through Continuing Education
@ Meramec | 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.
Call 314-984-7777 to register for fall classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.
Forgiveness: The Key to Happiness
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.
RELG:701 | $19 | Age 60+: $13
F02 | Tu 7 pm-9 pm | Jan Worley | Oct 23 | MC - SO, 107
How Do We Know What We Know to be True?
This course will examine four major ways in which humans have come to "know" what
they believe to be true and the impact each of these has had on the formation and
continuation of the world's religions as well as their potential future impact on
religion in the 21st century and beyond.
RELG:701 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F01 | Th 7 pm-9 pm | Ron Mertz | Oct 18 | WW, 202
History of the Bible
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.
RELG:701 | $29 | Age 60+: $19
F03 | Tu 7 pm-9 pm | Jan Worley | Nov 6-Nov 13 | MC - SO, 107
NEW! Modern Anti-Zionism
Recently, Palestinian demonstrators from Gaza flew a kite decorated with a swastika
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 explored the historical development of anti-Semitism, beginning, quite literally,
with Moses, and "progressing" through the pseudo-scientific theories that classified
Judaism not as merely a religion, but a race, an idea promulgated by, among others,
Nazi Germany. This installment will focus on resentment directed specifically toward
Jewish control of Israel, from an array of detractors, including some in the Jewish
community. It will delineate between religious and ethno-cultural based hostility
toward the Jewish people and that which results directly from the Zionist movement
and its results. Please 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 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F01 | Th 7 pm-9 pm | Katie Young | Nov 1 | MC - BA, 120