Paths to God


Paths to God
Martin Luther as an Augustinian
monk; after 1546; workshop of
Lucas Cranach the Elder

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How does the notion arise that there are acceptable and unacceptable ways of approaching divinity? Is heresy equally possible in every religion? And what do heretics do to incite the anger of the faithful?

Join us as, in a thought-provoking program, Ori Z. Soltes investigates the idea of God and the rise of heresy as an issue within Christianity and Islam as they evolved, and Judaism, in its dispersion within these two worlds. What are the implications of this layered history for today, an era both secular and fraught with contending religious beliefs?

Enjoy a full day, including:

From Polytheism to Monotheism: The concept of divinity and of true and false belief; the relationship between religion and politics; the emergence of Judaism and Christianity.

Heresy in Christendom: The struggle for spiritual correctness and hegemony; the evolution of heresy within the Christian tradition.

Heresy and Islam: The arrival of Islam; the Sunni-Shia schism over the rightful successor to the Prophet Muhammad.

Heresy and Judaism: The dispersion of Judaism: heretical questions from the Talmud to Abulafia to Spinoza.

A box lunch is provided.


Paths to God: Heresy and Belief
in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism

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Sat., May 20 at 9:30 AM

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