Stoicism & Christianity: Part II
Secular Bible Study
Event Host: Lee Howard
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
First Universalist Church, Cummims Room
3400 Dupont Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
11 Dialoguers and Learners attending so far, including:
To study without thinking is worthless, to think without study is dangerous. ~
Looking forward to hosting Part II on the historical relations between Stoa and Church.
Intrigued by the topics and process.
A message from Frank Burton (Organizer)
In this Part II on Stoicism, we'll get into the comparison of the Stoic founders
vs. those of Christianity; and whether Stoicism indeed has influenced Christian thinking
and living. -- Frank Burton, SBS OrgCom Rep
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
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 join1stU 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
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. Theinfluence 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
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!