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Adult Education

Adult Education


All Are Welcome!

Let's Learn and Grow Together.


Drop-ins are always welcome at all of our Sunday Morning
Adult Education classes. No prior preparation expected.

The following class begins Sunday, April 12 - May 10
11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Fundamentalism, Creationism, and the Creation Museum
Taught by Bill and Susan Trollinger 

This class will discuss the origins of fundamentalism, the history of creationism (including "old earth" and "young earth" creationism), and the remarkable popularity of the Creation Museum (and, on its way, Ark Encounter). Susan Trollinger is Associate Professor of English at the University of Dayton. Much of her research focuses on religion and visual rhetoric, including her latest work, Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia. Bill Trollinger, Professor of History at UD, has highlighted conservative Protestantism and American culture in his work. His latest, "Evangelicalism and Religious Pluralism in Contemporary America," appeared in Gods in America. The couple has co-authored a book on young-earth creationism, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press.


The following class begins April 12 - May 3
11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Finishing Well—Strategies for the Second Half of Life
Taught by Sue and Steve Hamilton
(Room 203-205)

Basketball fans live for March madness, where every game has two halves! Half-time is when adjustments are made. If something is not working well, players tweak and modify their game to reach a successful outcome. Doesn't that sound like a good game plan for our lives, too? This class will help participants reflect on the first half of life and consider half-time adjustments that take into account social, mental, emotional, and physical well-being in order to develop a winning strategy for a meaningful, fruitful second half.


The following class begins April 19 - May 10
11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Christian Life from the Dark Side:  Reading — and Listening to — C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters
Taught by Richard Baker
(West Parlor) 

Screwtape is a senior devil writing letters of advice to a junior devil, Wormwood, about how tempt a human being.  This fictional premise was C.S. Lewis’ way of avoiding the tiredness—and tiresomeness—of dispensing advice about the Christian life.  It’s like an old-fashioned photo negative: there’s truth here, but you have to reverse everything to see it.  John Cleese—of Monty Python fame—does a wonderful job (the recording was nominated for a 1989 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Album) bringing this book to life.  Nobody, but nobody, gets inside a character better than Cleese gets inside Screwtape.  Whether this is because of Screwtape, Cleese, Lewis, or all of the above, is something we’ll discuss as a class.  We’ll also reverse the advice to see what truth we can see in it.   






Sunday - 10:00 AM
125 N. Wilkinson St,
Dayton, OH 45402

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