Religious Studies

Upcoming Courses


Civic Education has been around for a long time, but it takes many forms these days. Using Richard Haass' new book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, this class will focus on finding a balance between rights and obligations. Invite an Osher friend to register with you. If you are a Democrat, invite a Republican. If you are straight, invite a gay person. If you are Christian, invite a Muslim or Jewish person. Together, we will learn and practice the steps of compromise to help restore a sense of community. Come join us - our democracy depends on it.

Wednesdays, Feb 28, Mar 6, 13, 20, Room 160 ( No seats currently available )
Soren Aabye Kierkegaard is arguably the greatest theologian-philosopher of the 19th Century. He has been called the Danish Socrates, the father of existentialism, and the 'diagnostician of the disease of the age.' The text for this seminar is a brief biography of this great writer which serves as an introduction to his sometimes difficult-to-interpret theoretical writings. The biography will hopefully extend and enrich our knowledge of Kierkegaard and his relevance for the current era.

Tuesdays, 2/20, 27. 3/5, , Room 160 (1 seats (4%) remaining)
This course presents a different perspective to the first five centuries of Christianity. It focuses on the battles of ideas between so-called heretics and the proto-orthodox/orthodox wings of the emerging religion. We will examine Jesus's first followers, Gnostics, Marcion, Tatian, Montanus, Donatus, Pelegian, and Arius. The heretics lost the battles but significantly influenced the development steps of Christianity. The role of Judaism in the early Jesus Game will also be introduced.

Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, WHC, Living Room (Deanery) (5 seats (8%) remaining)
Explanation and discussion of more fascinating themes in philosophy-another philosophy buffet! Topics include spirituality, religion and human rights, philosophy of sports and fitness, the process of belief formation, civil discourse, and philosophy of humor. What is spirituality and can it be trusted? Is religion good or bad for human rights? Why do so many people love sports? How do people come to believe things? How can we have respectful conversations with people who disagree with us about things that matter? And finally, what is humor and how does it work? Themes in Philosophy 1 and 2 are not prerequisites. Join us!

Wednesdays; 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1 & 5/8, Synchronous Online
FIELD TRIP Join this on-site tour for a walk through the museum, along with a comprehensive overview of the history of the Holocaust incorporating the stories of survivors who made Richmond their home.

Friday, April 26, VA Holocaust Museum