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The 2011 winter unit of CCS will begin on Wednesday, January 26th at 6:30pm and run through March 16.

The Question of God is a PBS special comparing the strikingly parallel writings of Christian thinker and writer C.S. Lewis and founder of psychoanalysis,Sigmund Freud. In this course, we will view segments of the video series in eight sessions with a discussion to follow based on the study guide (available online here). While there is many variations, some of which will provide a focus for each session, the overarching question we all struggle with is, “Does God really exist?”

John Price and Kara Newell will moderate the course.


C.S. Lewis

January 26 :: Transcendent Experience: Science or Revelation?

  • How much do our early childhood experiences shape our worldview? Is the scientific method incompatible with the concept of revelation?

February 2 :: The Exalted Father

  • Do our early relationships color our attitudes in later life toward the concept of ultimate authority? What factors influence the formation of worldview?

February 9 :: Why Believe?

  • Does the persistent human longing for God prove that God exists? How open are you to a worldview you do not embrace? Is God just a tempting illusion or is our desire for God evidence of God’s existence?


Sigmund Freud

February 16 :: Miracles

  • What is a miracle? Are miracles possible in the “scientific” worldview? How would Jesus Christ be received if he lived today?

February 23 :: Love Thy Neighbor

  • Can we really love our neighbor as ourselves? What is happiness? Does our worldview affect our ability to experience happiness?

March 2 :: The Human Condition

  • How can one explain the evil in the world? How much store do we place in the opinions of others; do those opinions determine our behavior to a greater or lesser degree?

March 9 :: Moral Law

  • Are we born with an innate sense of right and wrong? What are the major influences on one’s moral code, the sense of right and wrong?

March 16 :: Suffering and Death

  • How does one equate an omnipotent, all-loving being with what we’ve come to expect and experience in our lives?