Why Believe? William James and the Challenge to Faith (online)

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Why Believe? William James and the Challenge to Faith (online)

Tuesdays, October 6-27

12pm EDT

Free

Why is one a Christian? Can one defend one's faith rationally against challenges to it? The psychologist and philosopher William James addressed these problems over 100 years ago, and his reflections are still valid today. In this course, we shall attempt a close reading and critical analysis of his essay "The Will to Believe" and other related materials.

This course will be taught by Dr. Laura Nelson. Dr. Nelson is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Spiritual Imagination and a parishioner at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University, and has taught at several colleges in the New York metropolitan area, including Hofstra, Molloy, The New School, and Drew. She has published in a number of academic and non-academic platforms, including PublicSeminar.org and Medium.com.

The course will be offered online via Zoom and registration is free. Click to here to register.

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Tuesdays beginning September 28

8:00pm to 8:45pm EDT

Free

Join us online or in person at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York for our Tuesday night contemplative prayer service, including guided meditation and beautiful ancient chants. Click below for more info and details on how to join us online. We are taking a break for the summer and will resume our weekly gathering on Tuesday, September 28.

Saturday, October 2

9:30am to 3:00pm EDT

Free, suggested donation $20

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First Tuesday of the Month beginning October 5

7pm EDT

Free

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