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You Can't Be Serious! The Meaning of Life According to Monty Python

50 years ago, the BBC introduced the Monty Python team and a new comedy cult began. The Pythons have been called ‘absurdist’, yet a lot of their comedy has a deeper meaning, if we can stop laughing long enough to uncover it. That’s what we’ll do tonight – show excerpts from four of their most popular films, and discuss what the group may have been trying to tell us. [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
You Can't Be Serious! The Meaning of Life According to Monty Python

50 years ago, the BBC introduced the Monty Python team and a new comedy cult began. The Pythons have been called ‘absurdist’, yet a lot of their comedy has a deeper meaning, if we can stop laughing

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Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or practice these beliefs. Conversely, many of those who belong to one or more of the world’s most significant religious communities – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – do not believe some of the basic tenets of their faith. This course examines the changing relations... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

<p>Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or

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Plesae note the start date of this course has been moved to Tuesday 4th June.

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What the Qur'an Actually Says

An introduction to the Qur’an. Let the book speak for itself on significant issues of belief and conduct, including the role of women, jihad and the promises of heaven and hell. [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
What the Qur'an Actually Says

An introduction to the Qur’an. Let the book speak for itself on significant issues of belief and conduct, including the role of women, jihad and the promises of heaven and hell.

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The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

The Yogasūtras of Patañjali written in Sanskrit, is the oldest exposition of a meditative practice from Ancient India. Unlike its modern meaning, yoga meant meditation. Behind this practice is a fascinating philosophy that involves both Hindu and Buddhist thought. The course will guide the students through the complex and cryptic nature of Pantañjali’s exposition. It is not designed to teach people meditation or yoga. It is a theoretical look at the concepts behind Patañjali’s... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

The Yogasūtras of Patañjali written in Sanskrit, is the oldest exposition of a meditative practice from Ancient India. Unlike its modern meaning, yoga meant meditation. Behind this practice is a

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Philosophy of the 21st Century: Ten Great Contemporary Thinkers

An introduction to the most important issues of our age through some of the best contemporary philosophers and thinkers. Ecology, genetics, religion, law, language, science and the human condition. Some of the philosophers included will be: Timothy Morton’s exciting new work on ecology from his 2016 book Dark Ecology: For Logic of Future Coexistence; Kenneth F. Schaffner’s philosophy of genetics. Schaffner is considered by many to be the most important philosopher in the field of... [More]

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Aristotle: Ancient Wisdom

Aristotle was the polymath of the Ancient world he wrote on: ethics, politics, mathematics, logic, natural philosophy, anatomy, biology, cosmology, poetry, drama, rhetoric. The enduring nature of his profound thought and fundamental insights into ethics, politic and the arts makes his philosophy as relevant now as it has been throughout Western history. We will do an in-depth study of all of his major works and apply many of his ideas to contemporary life. Also in the course I will... [More]

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Arianism: The "Other" Christianity

Arianism takes its name from Arius, a renegade priest in Egypt in the late 3rd and early 4th century who promoted heretical ideas about the nature of the trinity that were radically different to the beliefs of the Church in Rome. Arianism spread throughout the Empire, especially in the West, where many newly arrived Germanic tribes converted to Arianism and not Roman or Nicene Christianity. Many kings, queens and bishops were Arian, but was this a religious or a political decision?... [More]

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The Eastern Orthodox Church and International Politics

The Eastern Orthodox Church is the second-largest Christian communion in the world, with well over 250 million members. However, its role in shaping contemporary international politics, especially in the lands of the former Soviet Union, is often misunderstood by the Western media. This course begins with an introduction to Orthodox history, beliefs and practices, then surveys the four ‘ancient’ patriarchates (Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem), the five ‘modern’... [More]

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Exploring World Religions

The human phenomenon of religion, and its evolution and impact on individuals and society, provides a forum for fascinating and complex discussion. The influences of politics and power, culture, ethics, social and personal beliefs have been dominant forces in the shaping of variants within religious traditions. A broad overview of elements intrinsic to all religious systems enlightens and enriches individuals with an understanding of the significance of religion to adherents in... [More]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
Exploring World Religions

<p>The human phenomenon of religion, and its evolution and impact on individuals and society, provides a forum for fascinating and complex discussion. The influences of politics and power, culture,

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.