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Religion, Philosophy+ Science

Religion, Philosophy+ Science

Tuesdays, July 18 - August 8 | 2-4 p.m. 


Dr. Gina Messina, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College


To argue that Jesus was not political is to disregard everything he stood for. While many claim that Jesus was solely focused on individual morality, in fact, Jesus was calling for a restructuring of the socio-political terrain of his time. We cannot forget that Jesus lived in a highly politicized culture during the 1st century, when the Roman Empire wielded its power over Israel and its people. This course will examine what the politics of Jesus were, how they ultimately led to his crucifixion, and how they continue to relate to our political system in the 21st century.

Landmark Centre (25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood) | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >


Tuesdays, September 5-November 14 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Origins Science Series
This course will introduce senior scholars to six of the biggest questions in the Origins Sciences. Topics range from the first moments of the universe to the only very recently evolved human mind. Each session will focus on one of these issues and will include both lecture and discussion. Optional readings will be suggested. 

Lecturers: Glenn Starkman, Professor of Physics, Case Western Reserve University; Patricia Princehouse, Director, Evolutionary Biology Program, CWRU 
Tuesdays, September 5 – October 10 

The Reformation
It was five hundred years ago that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral. Today people are saying there needs to be a “Muslim Reformation.” This is, then, a good time to look back at the series of events we call the Protestant Reformation to see how, why and in which ways, the religious landscape of the West was radically changed. The course will look at the background of the Reformation and at four of its most influential streams: Lutheranism, Calvinism, the English Reformation and the radical reformations. We will also look at the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. 

Lecturer: Peter Haas, Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies, Case Western Reserve University 
Tuesdays, October 17 – November 14

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >


Session I: Tuesdays, September 12-October 3 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Session II: Tuesdays, October 10-31 | 6:30-8 p.m.


Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU


We structure our social lives around rhythms of time that are so taken for granted that they often go unnoticed. Drawing on Evyatar Zerubavel's work, Hidden Rhythms: Schedules and Calendars in Social Life, this course examines Jewish perspectives on time. How is time measured and marked? How do demarcations in time organize our spiritual and social lives? The Jewish calendar and its relationship to lunar and solar cycles, and to history are explored.


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60 per session; Nonmembers: $75 per session | 

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Tuesdays, September 19-November 7 | 10-11:30 a.m.


Joe KonenLeader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


This course provides an opportunity for participants to sample the rich and varied religious traditions and expressions across the geography and history of India by reading William Dalrymple. Dalrymple's essays take us to hidden corners of the vast Indian landscape to meet “modest souls seldom mentioned in the headlines” but whose lives embody some of the many threads that make up the tapestry of India’s religions.  Book: William Dalrymple, Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India.


Lakewood United Methodist Church | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >