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Thursdays (April 16-May 7, 1:00-2:30 pm), with Jim and Adam Rose: 
"How Four Western Religious Traditions Deal(t) with Death."

Fridays (April 17-May 8, 1:00-2:30 pm), with Jim Kenney: 
"Testing the Conservative Soul and the Liberal Soul." 


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Jim Kenney at National Louis University

Thursdays, April 16-May 7 (1:00-2:30 pm)
 
How Four Western Religious Traditions Deal(t) with Death
Jim Kenney and Adam Rose
 
Since the beginnings of civilization, humans have been preoccupied with death. Indeed, issues of mortality and immortality are perhaps the oldest and most persistent themes in world literature and religions. This four-session online course will survey four major approaches to death and dying: Classicism, Judaism, Christianity, and Existentialism. Each session will include a live, 90-minute online presentation by veteran instructors Jim Kenney and Adam Rose, short study texts that participants are invited to read in advance of the presentation, and an opportunity to discuss the presentation and the study texts with fellow participants. No prior knowledge or experience is required.
 
1. Classicism: From polytheism to philosophy.  Study texts: Iliad 18; Odyssey 11; Apology of Socrates
 
2. Judaism: From the religion of ancient Israel to rabbinic Judaism.  Study texts: Genesis 1-3; Deuteronomy 27-28; Job
 
3. Christianity: From Jesus to the Reformation.  Study texts: Gospel of John 1, 11, 19-21; Acts 9-10; 1 Corinthians 15
 
4. Existentialism: The meaning of death when God is dead too. Study text: The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus.


Fridays, April 17-May 8 (1:00-2:30 pm),

Testing the Conservative Soul and the Liberal Soul
Jim Kenney


In 2007, Andrew Sullivan, the noted conservative columnist and one of the sharpest critics of the modern extreme right, wrote a powerful account of his own conservatism and the current state of the political right in America. As the CoronaVirus crisis puts the American political order to the test, we’ll ask two key questions. What is the “conservative soul” at its very best? And what’s the “liberal” equivalent? Our conversations will direct us toward the progressive center that may yet provide the shared spark that can animate the best of conservative and liberal thought and action. Along the way, we may arrive at a better understanding of the ways in which authentic conservatism and authentic liberalism can interact and even cooperate in challenging times.