In an age of skepticism, atheism, scientific world views, social injustice, and interfaith interaction, do particular religious beliefs still matter? Do they change us or the world? Traditional literalistic and supernatural summaries of Christianity and other faith traditions do not resonate with many spiritual seekers today. This course will show how progressive, humanistic approaches can provide a new path for re-imagining traditional topics such as God, sacred texts, Jesus, humanity, social ethics and inter-religious communities. We will explore the thoughts of Marcus Borg, a founder of the Jesus Seminar, and scholars who advocate a re-conception of Christianity and other world religions. In addition to the text, brief articles will be sent by e-mail, so students will need a working computer. The course will be conversational in style, welcoming all points of view. Students of any religion or no religion are welcome. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion.
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