At. St. Paul’s Ivy, we understand that Adult Christian Formation is a process that lasts all throughout one’s life. For this reason, we are committed to offering a variety of theological and spiritual formation opportunities for reflection, study, and discussion to help one another and those who are seeking learn more about the Christian faith and life.
Current Series: Religion & Our World
Why are human beings religious? Is there something in our nature that naturally gives rise to religious beliefs and practices? The vast majority of people in the world are religious, but what do we mean when we label someone with that term? Traditional Buddhism, for example, does not have a belief in a deity. If belief in the divine is not therefore a necessary element of religion, then what are its defining characteristics?
These are the sorts of questions we will explore over the next seven weeks, September 16th – October 28th, during our Wednesday night adult formation from 6:30-8:00 PM. Drawing on the work of religious theorists such as Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Clifford Geertz, we will look at religion through lenses of psychology, sociology, economics, and anthropology. Through our discussions, we hope to draw each other closer to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of religion in our world.
All are welcome, and no background knowledge on the topic is necessary.