Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)

Today’s lecture begins a two day series on the revolutionary developments in ancient Indian thought during what is sometimes called the Upanishadic Era. After discussing the challenges such thinkers posed to the Vedic concentration on ritual and priests, we begin to discuss yoga, both in its philosophy and, after watching a HYSTERICAL video, juxtaposing such … More Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)

Christianity Lecture 9: From Heights to Upheaval

This, the last day of our Christian unit, picks up with the beginnings of desert monasticism and focuses on the development and spread of Christianity, primarily through Europe, as the Church rises in power and scope. Here we focus on some key historical developments in the spread and internal issues affecting Christianity, including the Great … More Christianity Lecture 9: From Heights to Upheaval

Christianity Lecture 7: Early Christian Centuries

Having completed our discussions on the Gospels, the next three lectures focuses on the development of Christianity through history. Beginning in the second century, the present material discusses challenges early Christians faced with one another, paying particular attention to the various beliefs and controversies that characterized early Christianity, and the move toward establishing a singular … More Christianity Lecture 7: Early Christian Centuries

Christianity Lecture 6: The Gospel according to John

Our material today begins by concluding previous discussions on the synoptic Gospels, paying particular attention to each author’s theological message. This then is followed by a discussion of the Gospel according to John, with special attention paid to John’s style, the Prologue, the way in which Jesus speaks of himself, a change in understanding of … More Christianity Lecture 6: The Gospel according to John

Christianity Lecture 5: The Synoptic Gospels Pt. III

Today’s lecture on the synoptic gospels begins by looking briefly at the God Jesus believed in, followed by issues concerning discipleship and what discipleship means as expressed in the Gospel according to Matthew. The focus of the day, however, concerns issues of Jesus’s identity and how that identity is divulged through his trials and crucifixion. … More Christianity Lecture 5: The Synoptic Gospels Pt. III