Philosophy and Religion

September 2017 Newsletter

Bertrand Russell once said, “Most people prefer to die rather than think; and most do….”
Do you want to live or to die?
Both Philosophy and Religion, in different ways, can help you to engage positively with these inescapable “Lifeworld” issues. Actually, like the content of many U3A groups, they contain puzzles and paradoxes that are much more fun the might initially appear. We don’t have to be serious about being serious. It’s just that these issues are real – or are they?
Accordingly, you are warmly invited to join our lively discussions.

Nicholas

June 2017 Newsletter

Bertrand Russell once said, “Most people prefer to die rather than think; and most do….”
Do you want to live or to die?

Both Philosophy and Religion, in different ways, can help you to engage positively with these inescapable “Lifeworld” issues. Actually, like the content of many U3A groups, they contain puzzles and paradoxes that are much more fun the might initially appear. We don’t have to be serious about being serious. It’s just that these issues are real – or are they?

Accordingly, you are warmly invited to join our lively discussions.

Nicholas

September 2015 Newsletter

This Group studies themes in, and different approaches to, Philosophy and Theology. The Group membership comprises both religious believers and non-believers and through their contributions we achieve constructive analysis. In 2015-2016 we aim to study a modern, multifaceted literary work which will inform or relate to our forthcoming sessions. For example these will include sessions of Feminist Thought and its influence on philosophy and theology through the medium of modern art (eight pictures will be considered). We hope you respond to this vibrant critique by joining us –while the agenda is hot. (There is no waiting list). It is our intention to relate our programme to the paradoxes and ambiguities of modern life. That is to say that we believe that philosophical and theological questions must be located in real life and answered in theory. New members are most welcome to join us in this enterprise. For more information, contact Nicholas on 0115 9285473 or Geoff on geoffbagley@me.com

Nicholas

June 2015 Newsletter

This Group studies themes in, and different approaches to, Philosophy and Theology. The Group membership comprises both religious believers and non-believers and through their contributions we achieve constructive analysis. In 2015-2016 we aim to study a modern, multifaceted literary work which will inform or relate to our forthcoming sessions. For example these will include sessions of Feminist Thought and its influence on philosophy and theology through the medium of modern art (eight pictures will be considered). We hope you respond to this vibrant critique by joining us –while the agenda is hot. (There is no waiting list). It is our intention to relate our programme to the paradoxes and ambiguities of modern life. That is to say that we believe that philosophical and theological questions must be located in real life and answered in theory. New members are most welcome to join us in this enterprise. For more information, contact Nicholas on 0115 9285473 or Geoff on geoffbagley@me.com

Nicholas

March 2015 Newsletter

This Group studies themes in, and different approaches to, Philosophy and Theology. The Group membership comprises both religious believers and non-believers and through their contributions we achieve constructive analysis. In 2015-2016 we aim to study a modern, multifaceted literary work which will inform or relate to our forthcoming sessions. For example these will include sessions of Feminist Thought and its influence on philosophy and theology through the medium of modern art (eight pictures will be considered). We hope you respond to this vibrant critique by joining us –while the agenda is hot. (There is no waiting list). It is our intention to relate our programme to the paradoxes and ambiguities of modern life. That is to say that we believe that philosophical and theological questions must be located in real life and answered in theory. New members are most welcome to join us in this enterprise. For more information, contact Nicholas on 0115 9285473 or Geoff on geoffbagley@me.com

Nicholas

December 2014 Newsletter

This group studies themes in, and different approaches to, Philosophy and Theology. The group membership comprises both religious believers and non-believers and through their contributions we achieve constructive analysis. Recent key thinkers and practitioners whom we have considered include Simone Weill and Soren Kierkegaard. We also read relevant literary works by writers and poets, for example, TS Eliot.

We shall shortly be conducting a two part evaluation of a significant 20th century novel which will be from the works of either Albert Camus or Milan Kundera. It is our intention to relate our programme to the paradoxes and ambiguities of modern life. That is to say we believe that philosophical and theological questions must be located in theory and confronted and answered in real life. New members are most welcome to join us in this enterprise.

For more information contact Nicholas Tel 9285473 or Geoff on geoffbagley@me.com

Nicholas

September 2014 Newsletter

This group studies themes in, and different approaches to, Philosophy and Theology. The group membership comprises both religious believers and non-believers and through their contributions we achieve constructive analysis. Recent key thinkers and practitioners that we have considered include Simone Weill and Soren Kierkegaard. We also read relevant literary works by writers and poets, for example, TS Eliot.

We shall shortly be conducting a two part evaluation of a significant 20th century novel which will be from the works of either Albert Camus or Milan Kundera. It is our intention to relate our programme to the paradoxes and ambiguities of modern life. That is to say we believe that philosophical and theological questions must be located in theory and confronted and answered in real life. New members are most welcome to join us in this enterprise.

For more information contact Nicholas Tel 9285473 or Geoff on geoffbagley@me.com

Nicholas

June 2014 Newsletter

This group studies themes in, and different approaches to, Philosophy and Theology. The group membership comprises both religious believers and non-believers and through their contributions we achieve constructive analysis. Recent key thinkers and practitioners that we have considered include Simone Weill and Soren Kierkegaard. We also read relevant literary works by writers and poets, for example, TS Eliot.

We shall shortly be conducting a two part evaluation of a significant 20th century novel which will be from the works of either Albert Camus or Milan Kundera. It is our intention to relate our programme to the paradoxes and ambiguities of modern life. That is to say we believe that philosophical and theological questions must be located in theory and confronted and answered in real life. New members are most welcome to join us in this enterprise.

For more information contact Nicholas Tel 9285473 or Geoff on geoffbagley@me.com

Nicholas

March 2014 Newsletter

This group studies themes in, and different approaches to, Philosophy and Theology. The group membership comprises both religious believers and non-believers and through their contributions we achieve constructive analysis. Recent key thinkers and practitioners that we have considered include Simone Weill and Soren Kierkegaard. We also read relevant literary works by writers and poets, for example, TS Eliot.

We shall shortly be conducting a two part evaluation of a significant 20th century novel which will be from the works of either Albert Camus or Milan Kundera. It is our intention to relate our programme to the paradoxes and ambiguities of modern life. That is to say we believe that philosophical and theological questions must be located in theory and confronted and answered in real life. New members are most welcome to join us in this enterprise.

For more information contact Nicholas Tel 9285473 or Geoff on geoffbagley@me.com

Nicholas

September 2013 Newsletter

The group continues to meet at 10.30am at the CRMC on the first Monday of each month (except Bank Holidays). We offer a varied programme on contemporary issues in Philosophy, Theology and Religion. A small amount of preparation is pre-set, with an introduction by the initiator and approximately an hour’s discussion.

New members are always welcome.

Nicholas

June 2013 Newsletter

The group continues to meet at 10.30am at the CRMC on the first Monday of each month (except Bank Holidays).  We offer a varied programme on contemporary issues in Philosophy, Theology and Religion.  A small amount of preparation in pre-set, with an introduction by the initiator and approximately an hour’s discussion.

New members are always welcome.  The programme over the summer is:

June 3rd:
An Introduction to the theology of Simone Weil by Gillian Bean.

July 1st:
Buddhism by Ken Morrell.

August 5th
Reflections and questions of Rural Churches guided by the writings of the naturalist W. H. Hudson, introduced by Nicholas Harrison.

General Information

The group meets at 1.30pm at Chilwell Road Methodist Church usually on the 1st Monday of the month, Bank Holidays excepted, when we meet on the 2nd Monday.

The group seeks to engage with issues affecting belief, knowledge and understanding, quite often involving contemporary issues. For example, two recent meetings have focused on the New Atheists, a topic featured frequently in the media. Sometimes, literary topics are considered: a meeting in January was based on presentation on T. S. Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday 1930”. Usually a limited amount of pre-reading is distributed, to give directions to the meeting. No particular religion or philosophy is privileged and the members of the group have a diversity of views, which they are able to express in the discussion. If this sounds of interest to you, please join us to find out more of how we work.

Details from geoffbagley@me.com or tel: 0115 9258801

Nicholas, June 2012