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E.g., 06/29/2015
E.g., 06/29/2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Who was Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, this self-professed antichrist, proclaimer of the Übermensch, teacher of the eternal recurrence of the same? Nietzsche’s magnum opus develops specific philosophical themes, but cannot be reduced to any simple ideology. We will examine Nietzsche’s varied relations to Plato, Socrates, Christ, Christianity, Judaism, and antisemitism…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Nature of Forgiveness in Biblical Texts

2 – 4 pm

What is forgiveness? This seminar explores and compares the varieties of forgiveness found in biblical stories. We will get behind the eyes of characters like Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers; David, Bathsheba, and other adulterous women; the Prodigal Son; and the Apocalypse’s Spirit/Bride. Culminating in a radical reading of Revelation, we will consider how forgiveness…

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Divinely Funny: Joy and Laughter in Religion

5:45 – 7:45 pm

The sacred tends to be associated with gravity, not levity. But laughter has had a role in religion. In this seminar we will look at laughter in religion and laughter at religion. We will survey the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world and Judaism, Christianity, and other religions. Then, we will end the class with a look at recent attempts to satirize religion. For the first session...