Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Dat Ol' Time Religions

The Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo will be holding a six-week series of lectures on Islam, Hinduism, Judiasm, Buddhism and Christianaity.

The series will be held at the church at 17021 Fredericks St in San Luis and will start Sunday, Jan 6 at 10 a.m. and will continue on the next six Sundays at 10 a.m. as well.  A series of experts will discuss the various traditions and beliefs of these world's great religions.  If you wanted to expand your spiritual knowledge, this is an excellent way to get a start.

Jan 6:  Tony Criscuolo on the Vedic tradition
Jan 13: Cal Poly religious studies professor Stephen Lloyd moffett on the split between Catholic and Eastern Orthodox in 1054.
Jan 27: Deborah Wilhelm from the Monterey Diocese on  Mary's place in Catholic theology and the role of women in the Catholic Church
Feb 3: Naiyerah Kolkailah, president of the Islamic Society of SLO County, on the Quran
Feb 10: Sozan Peter Schellin-sensi on Zen Buddhism.

For more information call Heather Ross at 544-2133 or email her at or check the website.   


Alon Perlman said...

Sounds very interesting, but I couldn't resist-
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said "Stop! don't do it!"
"Why shouldn't I?" he said.
I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!" He said, "Like what?"
I said, "Well...are you religious or atheist?" He said, "Religious." I said, "Me too! Are you christian or buddhist?" He said, "Christian." I said, "Me too! Are you catholic or protestant?" He said, "Protestant."
I said, "Me too! Are you episcopalian or baptist?" He said, "Baptist!"
I said,"Wow! Me too! Are you baptist church of god or baptist church of the lord?" He said, "Baptist church of god!"
I said, "Me too! Are you original baptist church of god, or are you reformed baptist church of god?" He said,"Reformed Baptist church of god!"
I said, "Me too! Are you reformed baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!"
I said, "Die, heretic scum", and pushed him off. --
Emo Phillips

Churadogs said...

Ah, yes. There in a joke is the History of Religion: Little tribal monkeys sectioning off into smaller tribes, each of which have The True Word, so think that that gives them permission to shove the other guy off the bridge.

Anonymous said...

Sounds so very much like the history of the sewer monkey zealot tribes of Los Egos.

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Sewertoons AKA Lynette Tornatzky said...

Anon 8:10, nobody cares about your not caring....just sayin'..... :-) Really, why is it so important to you to comment?

Alon Perlman said...

The reason I was reminded of the Joke was the specific format date of the East -West schism (which resulted in there being two Popes, quite a split considering the Pope's role), similar to that in the final layout of the jokes progression.
All the lectures look interesting
You left out "On Jan. 20, Rabbi Linda Bertenthal will discuss the Torah and the written tradition in Judaism." BTW.
The lesson from the joke is actually in where the idea "Heresy" applies. As (Variably) tolerant as religions can be of other religions, all religions in order to conserve their identity and veracity to origins, find a greater threat in (mis)interpretations of their immutable truths and variations that are sectarian and close to home. Somehow some far off exotic other religions don't pose the same threat because they don't chip away at the foundation of the religion and don't offer as clear a path of choice of an alternate reading.