Offered:

This course is offered in November 2022

Date & Time:

This class meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm beginning on Wed 9 November 2022. There are 4 consecutive weekly sessions throughout November. The final class of the Term will be held on Wed 30 November 2022 (New Zealand time).

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Tue 8 Nov 2022, 8:00-9:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Tue 8 Nov 2022, 10:00-11:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Wed 9 Nov 2022, 1:00-2:30am

  • London, UK: begins Wed 9 Nov 2022, 6:00-7:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Wed 9 Nov 2022, 7:00-8:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Wed 9 Nov 2022, 11:30am-1:00pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Wed 9 Nov 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Wed 9 Nov 2022, 2:00-3:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Wed 9 Nov 2022, 5:00-6:30pm

Description:

This course is available as a live-streamed course via Zoom only and there is no in-person component.

This course helps learners make sense of their belief system and juxtapose their worldview against others who may or may not share similar perspectives. We welcome those of all faith (or having no faith) with the only prerequisites being an open mind and mutual respect. Please note that this course is offered via Zoom only and has no in-person component. You can access the live-streamed sessions and interact with the rest of the class and the teacher, or you can choose to watch the video recordings of the live sessions, which are usually available 1-2 days after each session (which allows time for our video editors to edit and post each session to the course web page).

What is Agnostic Theism, and what it is not

Session 1: Wed 9 Nov 2022

This session begins with definitions of what Agnostic Theism is – and what it is not. It focuses on drawing the parameters around which the topic will be discussed and explored so that all participants can be framed along the same expectations regardless of their personal belief systems and perspectives of others. Participants will have the opportunity to express how their belief system fits (or does not) within the context of agnostic theism.

The Functional Aspects of Religion

Session 2: Wed 16 Nov 2022

This session discusses the functional aspects of religion such as a means of social construct, lifestyle doctrine and expressions of faith, and offers participants the opportunity to contextually reference their belief system against one or more of these functional aspects of religion (if they subscribe to one). If the discussion allows, further exploration into what it means to be ‘religious’ (as defined by the individual) will be attempted.
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Philosophical vs. Faith-Based Agnostic Theism

Session 3: Wed 23 Nov 2022

This week's discussion delves into the philosophical positioning of agnostic theism and compares this view against a faith-based positioning of agnostic theism. Participants will be invited to share how they might position their belief system(s) in the context of this contrast and how this might strengthen their beliefs (or expose any vulnerability).
photo by Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash

Reconciling Agnostic Theism

Session 4: Wed 30 Nov 2022

In our final session, we'll check on how participants have reconciled (or not) any new understanding of Agnostic Theism with their own belief systems and discuss the next steps in their explorative journey. The emphasis will be on ensuring that participants continue to feel comfortable with their belief systems (or are given the necessary resources to support their continued efforts to resolve any internal conflict of ideology).
photo by Robert Lukeman via Unsplash

Meet our Instructor

Tamil Instructor

Ganga Sudhan, MEd

Ganga (கங்கா) has decades of experience in education and has worked with individuals from all walks of life and across a broad range of age-groups to achieve specific learning outcomes. The common thread of all these professional experiences – as well as his career aspirations, in general – has been the empowerment of others to achieve their goals. He is a native speaker of English from Singapore who is bilingual in his ethnic language of Tamil (தமிழ்).

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • 20221109 T4.1 RD214 Agnostic Theism video

    • 20221109 T4.1 RD214 Agnostic Theism PDF

  2. 2
    • 20221116 T4.2 RD214 Agnostic Theism PDF

    • 20221116 T4.2 RD214 Agnostic Theism video

  3. 3
    • 20221123 T4.3 RD214 Agnostic Theism video

    • 20221123 RD214 T4.3 Agnostic Theism PDF

  4. 4
    • 20221130 T4.4 RD214 Agnostic Theism PDF

    • 20221130 T4.7 RD214 Agnostic Theism Video

Location:

The EarthDiverse Centre is located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Please note that this course is offered as a Zoom-only course and is available via the live-streamed sessions only. There is no in-person component.


Distance-Learning Options:

This course is offered as a live-stream Zoom course only. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in a physical classroom. Please note that this course is not recorded and available only to be watched during the live-streamed sessions. Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You may also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device.

Pricing options:

All prices in New Zealand dollars and includes GST. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

Notes:

This course has no assignments, required readings, quizzes, tests or exams. All classes encourage questions and group discussion. There are no refunds for missed classes. Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single class at no charge.

Prerequisites :

There are no prerequisites for this course

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