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Social and Natural Sciences courses: Meeting of the Minds, Culture Experience classes.

Introduction to Christian Mysticism

The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” What could he have meant by this? In the popular mind, mysticism is associated with eastern spirituality, like Yoga or Zen. But there is a little-known tradition of meditation and spiritual awakening even within Christianity. This non-sectarian class will survey the history of Christian mysticism from Biblical times to the present, explore the meaning of mysticism and why Christians often view it with suspicion, and consider the role that mysticism might play in Christianity of the present and future.

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Section: INTROTOCHRISMYS (24APR17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 24, 2017 End Date: May 22, 2017 Tuition: $210.00
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Astronomy in the Suburbs - An Introduction to Star Gazing


Learn a basic understanding of the night sky and how to enjoy it from your own neighborhood. Your instructor will guide you through the constellations and how to use a sky chart to locate the major stars, locate the major planets and observe the phases of the moon. In this course, you learn basic astronomy concepts to further your enjoyment of the night sky. Textbook is not required; however a list of recommend books is available by request.

Introduction to World Mysticism


Central to many cultural trends is mysticism—a vague word that can be translated as "the spiritual principle at the heart of religion." Many people believe mysticism is the golden thread that unites all the world's religions, while others scoff at the idea. Decide for yourself in this class as we explore major themes and writings from the world's great mystical traditions. Using Andrew Harvey's The Essential Mystics : Selections from the World's Great Wisdom Traditions as our textbook, we'll examine the world's great wisdom traditions—Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as pagan and philosophical forms of mysticism—acknowledging both the common ground and the distinctive qualities of each mystical path. Class is taught from an academic/nonsectarian perspective. Textbook is not included.

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