What Does It Mean To Be Human?

What we believe it means to be human is directly related to how we treat one another, how we treat ourselves, and how we understand why we are here.

NEXT COURSE BEGINS FEBRUARY 13, 2020. Register here.

What Does It Mean To Be Human? is a 10 week elective course that addresses the far reaching implications of our understanding of the nature of humanity. This question impacts not just philosophers and scientists who want to understand the nature and function of a human being, but also countless issues that that are directly relevant to individuals across all cultures and worldviews. What we believe it means to be human is directly related to how we treat one another, how we treat ourselves, and how we understand why we are here. This is an immense topic, and this course covers a lot of ground.

This course features 17 of the RZIM speakers, which is the most of any of our courses. The diversity of perspectives and breadth of topics makes this a great option for anyone interested in having more informed conversations about life’s big questions, and naturally connecting common experiences to the gospel in conversation.

To take this course, you must first complete the Core Module.

For any questions, please contact info@rzimacademy.org

Cost: $149. Scholarships are also available. Apply here.

Module Lectures

Week 1

Lecture 1.1: “The Scope and Impact of the Question” – Speaker Interviews
Lecture 1.2: “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” – Ravi Zacharias

Week 2
Lecture 2.1: “A Biblical Portrait 1: Imago Dei” – Nathan Rittenhouse
Lecture 2.2: “A Biblical Portrait 2: Meaning and Purpose” – Nathan Rittenhouse

Week 3
Lecture 3.1: “The Mind/Body Problem” – John Njoroge
Lecture 3.2: “Moral Reasoning” – Vince Vitale

Week 4
Lecture 4.1: “Insights from Freud and Lewis” – Stuart McAllister
Lecture 4.2: “Language” – Mari Ovsepyan

Week 5
Lecture 5.1: “The Story of Humanity” – Cameron McAllister
Lecture 5.2: “Why Stories?” – Jill Carattini
Lecture 5.3: Panel Discussion – Jill Carattini, Cameron McAllister, Stuart McAllister

Week 6
Lecture 6.1: “Beauty” – Jo Vitale
Lecture 6.2: “Objectification” – Naomi Zacharias

Week 7
Lecture 7.1: “Challenges from Materialism” – John Njoroge
Lecture 7.2: “Challenges from Eastern Worldviews” – Jose Philip

Week 8
Lecture 8.1: “Transhumanism” – Max Baker-Hytch
Lecture 8.2: “Digital Technology” – Nathan Betts

Week 9
Lecture 9:1 “Freedom and Identity” – Daniel Rangel
Lecture 9.2: “Relationships and Love” – Michelle Tepper
Lecture 9.3: “Identity and Intimacy” – Sam Allberry

Week 10
Lecture 10.1: “High Noon for Humanity” – Os Guinness
Lecture 10.2: “Magna Carta of Humanity” – Os Guinness

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