How Does Religion Evolve? Part One


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Tom Schlicht No email 608-831-6593

How did modern religions, especially those in the USA, come to be what they are today?  How do animism, magic, taboo, shamanism, priest-kings, human sacrifice, and /or mystery cults relate to this process? We search for evidence by watching DVDs of lectures/conversations by scholars in the fields of religions, mythology, anthropology, archaeology, and history.  And we read excerpts from scholarly writings.  Some of our experts: John Hale, James Frazer, Elizabeth Vandiver, Joseph Campbell, David Leeming, Richard E. Friedman, Barbara Walker, Bart Ehrman, Mircea Eliade, Marjia Gimbutas.  Join us for tolerant, stimulating discussion.  All opinions, including those of debunkers are welcome.


Madison Senior Center

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Meeting Time

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Start Date

Sept 21, 2018

End Date

Dec 7, 2018


Regular reading/discussion

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