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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Philosophy and Religion - Spring 2020

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                  

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The Philosophy of Humor                                         

Thursday                                          PR201063           


Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30

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!


Bible Discussion                                            

Thursday                                          PR201002           


Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30

Instructor(s): Mike Pagel and June Leslie

This Bible discussion group will finish a verse by verse study of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and then continue into the second letter. Newcomers are always welcome, and all students should bring a Bible.


The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve                                       

Monday                                           PR201072           


Jan 13, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 2

Instructor(s): Ray Nelson

Ever wonder why we are the way we are? The story of Adam and Eve deals with things like hard labor for both man and woman. What can be learned from two people being expelled from Paradise without a clue, naked and ashamed? This is the story of a really "bad apple," yet it also can be considered a love story. What does it all mean? This course will examine 2000 years of interpretation by Christians, Jews and Muslims. Optional reading: Stephen Greenblatt's book by the same title. Credit given also to lots of other scholars along the way.


Origins: How Did We Get Here?                              

Thursday                                          PR201071           


Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Rob Paylor

This course will explore the dominant theories of how the universe, our solar system, and eventually humans came to be. Various explanations from antiquity, academia, philosophy, and major religions will be considered. In each case, the science that supports each one and the science that does not will be explored. Spoiler alert: in the end, none of them can be absolutely proven.


Socrates Café                                 

Wednesday                                     PR201003           


Jan 22, Feb 26, March 25, April 22

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 various philosophical perspectives of religion.


The Apostle Peter in the Books of Luke and Acts                                           

Friday                                 PR201062           


Feb 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20

Instructor(s): Mark A. Grubbs

This course will examine the texts of the Bible in which Luke tells about what Peter did and said. First, in the Gospel according to Luke, Luke begins with Peter as a fisherman and follows him through his three years of training as a fisher of men (people). Then, in Acts, Luke tells about Peter during Pentecost and about Peter performing some miracles. This course is an interactive lecture where everyone will be encouraged to participate and ask questions. The instructor loves to be challenged and will work to ensure a safe learning environment is maintained. Students are encouraged to bring a Bible and their curiosities. All are welcome.


Jewish Legends of the Bible (Part 1)                                     

Wednesday                                     PR201073           


March 4, 11, 18

Instructor(s): Allen Cohen

This course will present several little-known Jewish legends (Midrash) that expound upon familiar stories in the Hebrew Bible beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing through the Tower of Babel. Each class will be divided into two lectures during which questions will be encouraged from all students.


Angels in the Bible                                       

Thursday                                          PR201041           


March 5, 12, 19

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

Have you wanted to know more about angels? Are they real? Where did they come from? What are their functions? Billy Graham writes: "The empire of angels is as vast as God's creation. If you believe in the Bible, you will believe in their ministry. They crisscross the Old and New Testaments, being mentioned directly or indirectly 300 times." Come and explore the historical development of angels in the Old and New Testaments and their theological significance. It is impossible to know everything about angels, but let your mind be open to new ideas and perspectives. Be sure to bring a Bible to each of the class sessions.


A Walk Through the Bible's Old Testament                                       

Monday                                           PR201070           


March 9, 16, 23, 30

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 four hours! The instructor will present a summary of “The Bible Timeline” by Jeff Cavins.


Genesis and Science                                    

Tuesday                                           PR201044           


March 10, 17, 24, 31

Instructor(s): James Hodge

This course will explore the first six or seven chapters of Genesis and compare the Biblical accounts with credible science. The topics for the sessions are as follows: (1) An overview of different beliefs; (2) The origin of the universe and the earth; (3) The origin of life; and (4) Humanity up to the flood and beyond.


Passion Week in Chronological Order                                  

Tuesday                                           PR201068           


April 14, 21, 28

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.


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