to Oct 24

SCTH230 Sex, Gender, and the Bible

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This is a five week series, on Thursdays from 5:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Sept. 26th: Gender and Sexuality in the Biblical World

  • Oct. 3rd: The Myth of the “Biblical view on Marriage”

  • Oct. 10th: Women, Sexual Violence, and Gender Inequity in the Biblical world

  • Oct. 17th: Sodom and Gomorrah: Hospitality, Angels, or Homosexuality?

  • Oct. 24th: Homosexuality and the “Clobber Passages”

What is the Biblical view of marriage? What is the Biblical view of sex? What is the Biblical view of gender? These questions often serve to end conversations, rather than start them. But contrary to what is often suggested, the “Biblical view” on these questions is far from simple or clear. In fact, close scrutiny of the the Bible debunks the simple and naive answers that are often given to these challenging questions. Rather, the text reveals a rich tapestry of complex and multifaceted views on these issues. In this class, we will return to the text and attempt to remove our blinders, in order to reveal what the texts actually say about gender and sexuality, and to unearth the debates and arguments that are happening within the scriptures.

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to Nov 2

SPIR 100 Introduction to Mysticism and Prayer

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This is a weekend seminar, Friday Nov. 1st, 6:00-8:30 and Saturday Nov. 2nd, 9:00-4:00.

Christianity contains a rich tradition of prayer practices that help a person participate in the life of God in the silence of their heart and in community with others. The Christian mystical path, broadly speaking, treats a life with God as a journey, with perceivable signposts along the way. This class invites students to learn about the mystical path through the life and works of mystics who have gone before us, including the author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, and others.

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