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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Philosophy and Religion - Fall 2019

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                  

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Bible Discussion                                              

Thursday                                            PR193002            


Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19

Instructor(s): Mike Pagel and June Leslie

This Bible discussion group will begin a verse by verse study of the book of First Corinthians. Newcomers welcome!


A Walk through the Bible's Old Testament                                          

Tuesday                                              PR193070            


Sept 10, 17

Instructor(s): Joanna Lurie, MS, MASCP, MT(ASCP)

This course will take a walk through the narrative books of the Old Testament. These books tell the story in chronological order. Over 2000 years in two hours! The instructor will present a summary of “The Bible Timeline” by Jeff Cavins.


The Philosophy of Humor                                           

Thursday                                            PR193063            


Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19

Instructor(s): Bryan McChesney

This course is an introduction to humor and will answer the following questions: What is Humor? and Is humor laughter? What amounts to a humor response is different from what makes something humorous. Students will look at the universality of humor, the relationship between jokes and truth, comedy and tragedy, and satire. Theories of humor, humor ethics and other general questions about humor will also be discussed. Let’s look at what exactly humor is and what role it plays in human society. We will also tell a few jokes!


Archaeology of Religion                                              

Friday                                  PR193064            


Sept 13, Oct 18, Nov 22, Dec 20

Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis

“The most important record of religious history resides not in books and sacred texts but buried in the earth” (Hale, 2009). Archaeological evidence is very different from historical writings. How does this "testimony of the spade" enhance our understanding of ancient religious traditions? The archaeological evidence indicates that 30,000 years before writing, people were creating shrines, modeling images, and using music and art for religious purposes. Even earlier they were burying their dead and adorning the graves with flowers. This course will explore several archaeological prehistoric sites: Shanidar Cave, Chauvet Cave, Australia, Kalahari, Jericho, Catalhoyuk, Gobekli Tepe, and Stonehenge.


Socrates Café                                   

Wednesday                                      PR193003            


Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 20, Dec 18

Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis and Stephen Peterson

This 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 Religion.


Passion Week in Chronological Order                                    

Wednesday                                      PR193068            


Oct 9, 16, 23

Instructor(s): Wayne Moyer

The week before Jesus was crucified is noted in all four Gospel accounts. Some of His actions are mentioned in all four and some only in one of the Gospels. This course will look at all of Jesus’ actions in chronological order and reference Old Testament prophecies for many of the things that Jesus did or said including the seven times Jesus spoke on the cross and the order in which they were spoken. Did you know that Jesus visited the temple the night before he returned and overturned the tables? Or that the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Lazarus as well as Jesus? Or that Jesus took a day off during that week? We will also look at Jesus’ resurrection and ascension with Old Testament references. Handouts will be available, and students can bring a Bible for reference. Open discussion will be greatly appreciated, but theological issues will not be debated. This is a history class as well as a Bible study.


Fear and Faith in the Bible: Lessons from Biblical Personalities                                 

Wednesday                                      PR193065            


Oct 30, Nov 6, 13

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

This course will be a fascinating educational adventure dealing with uncertainties and fears. It is also a faith building opportunity. Students will observe several Biblical personalities as they faced doubts, struggles, and trials. God's assurances and message to them in their greatest time of need will be explored, and God's guidance and directives will be applied to everyday life. The four personalities are: (1) Caleb (the prophet of the Minority Report): courage and obedience; (2) Deborah (a charismatic leader and prophetess); trusting in God even against great odds. (3) Bartimaeus (a desperate and blind beggar): the meaning of and levels of "blindness" and its impact on faith; (4) and Nicodemus (the cautious one): his growth in faith as a lesson about fears. These Biblical messengers will come alive and provide new ideas and meaning. Students will not be disappointed in this uplifting experience.


Theological Conversations                                         

Friday                                  PR193067            


Nov 15, 22, Dec 6, 13

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

In this discussion-based course, students will have the opportunity to explore what New Testament writers thought about who God is and how God relates to people. This is generally “theology.” Each week, the theology of four different New Testament writers will be explored: James, the Apostle Peter (2 Peter), Jude, and the Apostle Paul (Ephesians). Students can bring a Bible to class.


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