A History of God

May 3rd, 2012

“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.” Ellen DeGeneres

Feeling in need of a faith-lift? Looking for a safe space to talk about God?

Join this 7 week audio class to explore different ideas of God in light hearted and easy to grasp ways. We will apply the KISS principle to all the classic “isms”, from polytheism to panentheism and atheism. It will be informative, fun and above all, transformative. To paraphrase a Sufi proverb, the more you look for God, the better you come to know yourself.

Out of this class you may choose to upgrade your God for a newer version. Some may trade God in for something more self driven. Some will renovate your God-model. As facilitator, I have no axe to grind. I will share my journey, but encourage you to claim YOUR perspective. I will prod and probe different ideas about God, show the positives and negatives in ALL perspectives, invite you to test everything you hear and empower you to be true to who you are.

Some might resonate with the old joke about the man who slipped while climbing a tree. He grabbed a branch and was hanging on for dear life. After some time passed, he became exhausted. He looked up to the heavens and cried out: “God, help me, please, help me.”

Suddenly the clouds parted and a deep voice resounded, “Let go!”
The guy paused, looked up at the clouds, then down at the ground below, then once again he looked at the clouds, before saying, “Anyone else up there?”

This class will address BIG questions, such as, is there anyone up there? More importantly, we will think about why it matters, and how beliefs or disbelief in God affectsthe way you live your life.

This is how the classes will flow. Each class starts with appetizers, some probing questions and fun illustrations. For entre we will unpack some of the major “isms”, and see the evolution of God through the centuries. Main course consists of 3 BIG ideas, something solid to chew on and digest in your own life. After a pause to loosen the belt of your consciousness, we move to dessert which will be a spirited exchange of ideas in the class.

Click here to sign up for this class exploring God. You can either join in live, or download to listen when it suits you.

Dates & Tuition

Time: 7 Thursdays at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET
Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28 + July 5, 12, 19

Can’t make the calls? No problem! Download an MP3 of the class the next day.

Tuition: $175
(If cash is tight, we offer a “Pick Your Price” model where you can choose to pay $175/$125/$75. And, if cash is *super* tight, you can apply for a scholarship! )

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Who Should Attend?

Those looking to explore the topic of God in a fun and light way. ALL are welcome. This class is open to people of all faiths and people of no faith, theists, atheists, agnostics and mystics. Explore your ideas and listen to the ideas of others. Together we can upgrade how we experience God in the here and now.

What You’ll Learn Each Week

Week 1. Divine Flatulence – Cause and Effect

“I believe in God and I spell it NATURE.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Busting a Few Isms: Polytheism, Animism, and Determinism.
Big Idea 1 God’s Window- Everyone Sees a Different View.
Big Idea 2 The String of Time- Everything is related to everything else.
Big Idea 3 Wonder Without Worry- Live fully without fear.

Week 2. Divine Dialects – Talking About God

“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” Rumi

Busting a Few Isms: Monotheism, Atheism and Agnosticism.
Big Idea 1 Timeless Wisdom from a 2 year old- Experience Before Labels
Big Idea 2 Marcelle Marceau, miming the signs of the divine
Big Idea 3 God Is Not God’s Name

Week 3: God and Science

“If God were alive today, He’d be an atheist.” Vonnegut

The Darwinian said to God, “We no longer need you. You wouldn’t believe the things we can do with the DNA from dirt.” God replied, “Get your own dirt.”

Busting a Few Isms: Deism, Existentialism and Humanism.
Big Idea 1 Putting Descartes Before Da Source – Humanity coming of age.
Big Idea 2 Waiting for God-oh Taking Responsibility
Big Idea 3 Evolution is God’s Upgrade

Week 4. God Shuffled Her Feet, the Divine In All.

“This is what I think God may smell like, unwashed new potatoes, a young child’s slightly dirty neck.” Anne Lamott

Busting a Few Isms: Panentheism, Naturalism and Mysticism.
Big Idea 1 Life is God’s Way of Staying Incognito
Big Idea 2 You Are God’s Body
Big Idea 3 Synchronicity Without Superstition

Week 5. Can You Be Good Without God? God and Morality.

“When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. After a couple of years, I realized that God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked God to forgive me.” Anonymous

Busting a Few Isms: Altruism, Relativism, and Utilitarianism
Big Idea 1 God said it, I believe it, that settles it. Extrinsic or intrinsic motivation.
Big Idea 2 What Goes Around, Comes Around. Karma and goodness.
Big Idea 3 Knowing Why You do What You do; Paying Kindness Forward

Week 6. A New Trinity; God Within, Between and Beyond.

“I say God is inside you. You say, ‘That sounds preposterous – I don’t really believe God is in there.’ I say, ‘Well, Why not try the Himalayas.’” Hafiz

Busting a Few Isms: Dualism, Humanism and Gnosticism.
Big Idea 1 Clean Frost From the Inside, God Within.
Big Idea 2 Cornflake Girl, God Between.
Big Idea 3 Let Go, Let God, God Beyond.

Week 7. En*Theos, Living a Divinely Infused and Enthused Life.

“God writes a lot of comedy… the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.” Garrison Keillor

Busting a Few Isms: EnthusISM, Optimism, Holism
Big Idea 1 There’s Always More.
Big Idea 2 Wholeness Party- The Potential of the Whole Exists In All the Parts.
Big Idea 3 Being a Co-Creator of Goodness.

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What You’ll Get Out of the Course

  • Grow to see that God has a history (and a little baggage)
  • Graduate Theology In The Real World 101
  • Clarify your own views about God (or not)
  • Learn to rely on your inner wisdom more closely
  • Take charge of living YOUR best life.

Let me know if you have other questions. Otherwise, ALL are welcome. Hope you can join the class.

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  1. Justina says:

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  2. ian says:

    thank you Justina. What an awesome way to start the day. :)

  3. Justina says:

    You are so welcome Ian.. :)