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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Philosophy and Religion - Spring 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                  

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Bible Discussion                                              

Thursday                                            PR181002            


Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Rev. Tom Dunkum and June Leslie

This Bible discussion group will start a verse by verse study of the book of Luke, the physician. Newcomers welcome!


Ultimate Philosophy Questions                                               

Thursday                                            PR181052            


Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26

Instructor(s): Bryan McChesney

This year-long discussion series will consider some of the important questions philosophers confront, some of which have some type of answers, but many do not.........yet.  We will begin with philosophy, then: 1) “What is Knowledge?”, 2) “Can religion belief be justified?”, 3) “Does God exist?”, 4) “Do we have free will?”, 5) “Could there be an afterlife?”, 6) “What is the nature of the mind?”, 7) “What is morally right and wrong?”, 8) “How should society be organized?”, and other questions about life. In fact, taking this course may even make your life just a little more meaningful.


Religion and Abstract Photography                                        

Thursday                                            PR181054            


Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Charles J. Koutnik

Using the book “Have This Mind” by James Royster Ph.D., Balboa Press, c2014, the first half of this class will discuss Royster’s approach to religion by focusing on the mind and consciousness as opposed to doctrine and ritual. Essential to the discussion will be the role of paradox, or the method of discovering spiritual truths by going beyond words and logic. Examples of paradox by way of modern art, in particular abstract photography, will be offered for discussion. Students will be given an opportunity to create or offer their own examples of paradox. Both Royster and Koutnik hold a deep respect for all forms of religion and present this material with sincere respect for personal religious beliefs.


Socrates Café                                   

Wednesday                                      PR181003            


Jan 24, Feb 28, March 28, April 25

Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis

Our ongoing philosophical discussion uses the Socratic Method to discuss questions, topics or issues through perspectives of various philosophers from Aristotle to the present, as well as through one's own experiences. The discussions this session will focus on ethics, logic and meaning, and science.


The Parables of Jesus Come Alive                                           

Tuesday                                              PR181021            


Feb 27, March 6, 13

Instructor(s): Dr. Edward Garrett, Jr.

One of the most important teaching methods of Jesus was His teaching through the use of Parables (simple, earthly stories with a heavenly meaning). This course will explore the three basic types of parables, their major themes, and their application for people today. This will not be a dull, boring series of lectures. Expect to be challenged in your thinking, receive new insights, and to grow in your perspective of life. Be sure to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible)!


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