Oh My God – Part I: Exploring the Concept of Deity

Some religions, chiefly the monotheisms (for example, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism) claim to be uniquely true. Other religions are polytheistic, acknowledging that there are many gods, and that these gods belong specifically to a particular people (and not all peoples). This course explores the concepts of the divine proposed by a variety of different religions, and asks what significance there is in the variety and creativity of the answers proposed to the question, ‘Who (or what) is God?’ These differences include whether there is one god or many gods, whether god is personal or impersonal, the ways to study religion without getting caught up in theological arguments, and whether atheism can legitimately be viewed as religious.


Course Tutor
Carole Cusack


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
5 units / $68 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D191


Getting Started
1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. There are many existing groups that welcome new members. If you wish to start a new group to suit your situation WEA can help you, please note that a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
2. Arrange the meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.


How to Enrol
1. First check the availability of your selection by contacting WEA Sydney. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices).
2. Indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.
3. Download and fill out a copy of the WEA Sydney Discussion Group Program Enrolment Form and send it to the Discussion Group Co-ordinator to enrol.