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Dec 5th 2016

Throughout history, the vast majority of people around the globe have believed they have, however defined, a “soul.” While the question of whether the soul exists cannot be answered by science, what we can study are the causes and consequences of various beliefs about the soul and its prospects of surviving the death of the body. Why are soul and afterlife beliefs so common in human history? Are there adaptive advantages to assuming souls exist?

Average: 6 (1 vote)
Nov 28th 2016

In this course we will discuss the history of some ideas that have been hugely influential in the modern west and that were taken out to the rest of the world. The discussion centers on an extraordinary and historically important figure, a sixteenth century German man named Martin Luther. Luther is recognized today as the originator of many of the most significant ideas that continue to affect and shape who we as modern people are and how we see the world and ourselves for better and for worse.

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Nov 28th 2016

Myths are traditional stories that have endured over a long time. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths.

Average: 8 (2 votes)
Self-Paced

From Paris to Palestine, the perils of undying faith still hold the world hostage. When should we abandon our beliefs? KCL philosopher Clare Carlisle reinterprets Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.

Average: 6 (1 vote)
Self-Paced

If 'God is dead', what place does meaning and morality have in our lives? KCL philosopher and author of Living Philosophy Christopher Hamilton examines the perplexities of experience.

Average: 7.3 (3 votes)
Oct 3rd 2016

Understand and analyze the role of religion in conflicts and peacebuilding in present-day societies, with this free online course.

Average: 8.8 (11 votes)
Aug 2nd 2016

Learn about the key beliefs and practices of Judaism through an examination of its sacred texts and their interpretation.

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Jul 5th 2016

Learn about the rich diversity of Hindu sacred texts – hymns, narratives, philosophical thought – and their interpretations. Ever wondered about the sacred scriptures that have sustained for millennia one of the oldest and most diverse religions of the world - Hinduism? Want to discover the lessons this history may offer mankind in the 21st century?

Average: 4 (5 votes)
Mar 1st 2016

Learn how to better understand the rich and complex ways that religions function in historic and contemporary contexts.

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Feb 22nd 2016

Develop your understanding of Muslims and their faith through an exploration of communities in Britain.

Average: 2.5 (2 votes)
Dec 2nd 2015

El curso combina la historia y el presente, la memoria y la actualidad para introducirnos en el estudio de la pluralidad de religiones que ha caracterizado a España desde la Prehistoria hasta hoy. Visibilizar esta diversidad religiosa es un empeño fundamental, para ello tendrá un peso importante el material gráfico consistente en más de un millar de fotografías a lo largo de los 11 módulos que conforman el curso.

Average: 2.5 (2 votes)
Jun 22nd 2015

The Meriam Ibrahim case became major world news in 2014. The case involved a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy from Islam (for marrying a Christian man) and to 100 lashes for adultery. Whilst shackled in prison, she gave birth to a daughter. In this short course, we will explore some of the many human rights issues involved and also consider the wider issues that the case raises, such as the role of overt and behind the scenes diplomacy and that of the power of the public voice, especially via social media, in bringing about a just resolution.

Average: 3.5 (4 votes)
Mar 1st 2015

Religions are deeply, stubbornly physical and sensual. This course aims to re-imagine our understanding of religion by grounding traditions in physical encounters between human bodies and sensual objects.

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Oct 27th 2014

This course provides a general introduction to select world religions and explores how certain religious teachings and practices may have relevance to the occupations of participants.

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What’s at the heart of the conflict between science and religion? Can it be solved? Philosopher and author Mark Vernon answers one of modernity’s most complex problems.

Average: 5.3 (3 votes)
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This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life & thought of ancient Israel, & a foundational document of Western civilization.

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