Cogito Study Groups

A systematic approach to examining faith and reason

This study group seeks to systematically explore many of the big questions of faith and life, such as:
  • Do faith and reason conflict?
  • Does God exist?
  • If history is written by the winners, how can we know anything?
  • Can you have moral realism without God?
  • And the perennial question, if you were a brain in a vat, could you know?

This study begins in the fall and meets one hour a week. WARNING: this study is not for the faint-hearted. However, it is open to big thinkers of all (or no) faith positions, and is truly a discussion group. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, for those who like this sort of thing, it is just the kind of study they would love! Because of the systematic, cumulative and challenging nature of this discussion, it is closed after the first few sessions.

God and War image GOD AND WAR
Upon demand, this reading group will meet once a week and read and discuss various topics such as Four Views of the Cannanite Genocide, just war theology, pacifism beliefs and other topics related to theology and war. This study will meet upon demand, starting in fall 2016. It is an open group.
A four-week study group to be offered spring 2017.
Written in letter form, this short book (only three pages) addresses such still vital issues as leadership, free will and predestination, the role of character, the role of government, the identity of Jesus, the nature of heresy and even a famous biblical joke!  In addition, participants can expect to learn an overview of canon, differences between translations, biblical authority and exegesis. This is a challenging study and is recommended to those with at least some biblical study background. This study will be offered in the fall semester and meets one hour a week. Students interested in the 2016 class should contact Missy. This is an open study.
This 4-week study is more like a lab and less like a study. Participants will focus on one or two simple private prayer and fasting practices each week, and seek to implement what they have learned. Topics covered will include the agents, rather than the agency of prayer, the relationship of forgiveness and prayer, hindrances to prayer, and learning to listen. We will also participate in the time-honored practice of fasting by observing a guided fast each week, beginning with one meal in the first week progressing to several days by the end of the four weeks. Students with health concerns should consult their physician before participating in the fasting section, but all are welcomed to the study. This is an open study, but will be more beneficial if taken in its entirety.


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