First Universalists again join the Harvard Pluralism Project-recognized "transbelief reasoning dialogue" group, Secular Bible Study, to explore the influence of theism and non-theism on human history and society! Our 2nd 1stU-SBS Joint Meetup for July:
"Stoicism & Christianity: Part II"
Tuesday, July 24, 2012,
7:00-8:30 PM, Cummins Room
First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Abstract issues of logic, epistemology, and language have spellbound much of contemporary philosophy -- so much so we forget, at times, that for centuries the central preoccupation of philosophy was not the specialized and technical investigations of the modern academy, but the winning of a good and meaningful life.
One of the answers the ancient West gave to the world is the rationalistic, pragmatic, yet also pantheistic and "religious" philosophy of the Stoics.
Another answer, however -- and one which proved victorious over most of the Roman Empire and beyond—was the "philosophic" religion of Christianity.
For our second Meetup on Stoicism (Part II, July 24), please join 1stU and SBS attendees, and Lee Howard, member of Understanding Philosophy, for an exploration of the surprising similarities and remarkable differences between these ancient answers to perhaps the greatest question of all: "How should I live?"
Following Lee's summary of our prior Stoicism meetup, we'll compare and contrast the lives and deaths of Socrates and Jesus; the psychological stances and concepts of the Stoic Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and the Roman Saint and Bishop Augustine of Hippo; and the essential elements of the Stoic and Christian worldviews. The influence of Stoicism on Christianity and Christians throughout the centuries will be considered, as well as the question of the extent to which Christian practice and belief can or should be influenced by non-Christian sources.
The format of our Part II meeting will consist of a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by an hour of open discussion.
Don't miss 1stU-SBS Meetup's journey into perhaps the most harmonious school of thought & life of the ancient world -- one our modern society should never forget. RSVP "YES" today, for "Stoicism & Christianity", Part II!