Beyond Belief I: Accepting Uncertainty as a Spiritual Practice
This class examines Paul Ricoeur’s essay about the space of faith, belief, and practice after one embraces the critiques of atheism. Working slowly through Ricoeur’s essay, these lectures both clarify Ricoeur’s argument and expand upon the possibilities for what it means to live beyond a belief anchored to traditional religious forms–and why this kind of faith is important for true believers to develop.
Classes are held Wednesdays, 6-7 July 14 to August 18 at the Senior Center In Iowa City, IA, Room 202.
Anchor Text: Ricœur, Paul. “Religion, Atheism, and Faith” in The Conflict of Interpretations. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1974. Print.
Class outline and reading:
1: Definition (440-441)
3: Consolation (455-460)
4: Resignation (460-465)
5: Repetition (465-466)
6: Creation (466-467)