New Class — Faith and Reason: Bill Moyers Interviews Creative Writers — Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 p.m., Nov. 21 to Dec. 5

Dr. Len Bowman will conduct a three-week course on “Faith and Reason:  Bill Moyers Interviews Creative Writers” on Tuesdays, November 21 through December 5. The course will be held at UUSD from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  A one-time $10 donation at the door is requested for the course.  A sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Area at UUSD, but no preregistration is needed. 

Course participants will view and then discuss three PBS interviews by award-winning journalist Bill Moyers with creative writers Salman Rushdie, Richard Rodriguez, Sir John Houghton, Margaret Atwood, and Martin Amis.

“We have to come to terms with the fact that it must be reason and faith, not reason versus faith,” said Bill Moyers in the introduction to the PBS series, Faith and Reason. “Otherwise, we would tear our society apart as Europe once did.”

Moyers chose to interview writers rather than theologians or religious leaders. “What could be more salient to the discussion of faith and reason in a world of black and white than to ask these artists of the imagination to guide us through the ambiguities of our age? Most of us live in the gray world between faith and reason that these writers have explored before us.”

Course Content

  1. Religion and Politics (November 21). Writer Salman Rushdie addresses the challenge of putting questions of faith and morality into words, and the relation of religion and politics.
  2. Doubt and Belief; Science and Divinity (November 28). Richard Rodriguez and Sir John Houghton describe how they can be at peace with doubt and belief, and how language changes when speaking of science or of divinity.
  3. Many Faiths and Fundamentalisms (December 5). Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis discuss how fundamentalisms are portrayed against the background of a world of many faiths and varying beliefs.

Dr. Len Bowman, a member of the congregation, has taught philosophy and religion for over forty years, and he currently teaches in the Master of Liberal Arts program of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bowman’s undergraduate major is philosophy. He holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Detroit, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from Fordham University. Among his teachers are Ewert Cousins, William Richardson, Thomas Berry, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, and Huston Smith.

For further information, contact Len Bowman at call 443-286-3495.