Over the last five years, Rabbi Howard Shapiro and Tom O’Brien have engaged in a series of dialogues examining key beliefs, rituals, ethics and practices in a variety of religious traditions, concentrating on Judaism and Christianity. In this course, they will “push the envelope” and focus on issues and beliefs that create tensions and divisions between Christians and Jews. With mutual respect and even humor, they will explore the sources of the disagreements, whether there are common grounds for understanding and what to do when the differences are irreconcilable.
“His blood be on us and on our children.” Matt. 27:25 — Christian Scripture and Anti-Semitism
“In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” — Are Christians really Monotheists?
Are the “Chosen People” still Chosen, and how did they get that way anyhow?
“Christianity is a religion of Love; Judaism is a religion of Law” — Isn’t being good enough?
Israel as Homeland confronts Israel as Holy Land
If suffering is inherent in the human condition, what is the point of God?
Redemption, Salvation and Life after Death — Are these just Christian myths?
Fundamentalism Ascending — Where do we go from here?
Course # W8R1 — Eight Weeks
Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Thursdays — Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 27; March 6; NO CLASS ON FEB. 20