Mortality, Morality, and Friendship: What “The Good Place” Teaches about the Good Life
A six-week, free online course offered through the Center for Religion in Public Life and Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
Thursdays, April 21 – May 26, 2022. 7-8 p.m. Central time.
To register, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This class uses the comedy series, “The Good Place” (TGP), to teach several basic concepts about philosophical ethics.
TGP, all 4 seasons of which are available on Netflix and Apple TV+, wrapped stories and problems of social ethics and morality inside of a hilarious comedy. The series follows four human beings following their deaths in a place they are initially led to believe is TGP. However (spoiler alert), it is not!
The audience follows the relationships of these people, along with their good place architect (a demon in disguise as a good guy) and a being who knows everything that has happened in the universe, throughout the series.
Along the way, the audience is taught ethics and given the opportunity to examine deep life questions. Indecisive professor of moral philosophy, Chidi, is the lead teacher. Eventually they all contribute lessons: selfish “I don’t owe anyone anything” Eleanor, impulsive “toss a Molotov cocktail” Jason, attention-obsessed “name dropping” Tahani, yearning-to-be human Michael, and everybody’s friend but “not a girl” and “not a robot” Janet.
Regenerating the Spirit of Democracy
Regenerating the Spirit of Democracy is an online, free course offered by the Center for Religion in Public Life at Phillips Theological Seminary, organized around the question: What can communities of faith and spiritually-grounded persons do to regenerate the spirit of democracy in the U.S.? If you seek a democratic spirituality that values equality and justice for all as much as freedom, then this course is for you.
America’s myth is breaking. The deep story is unraveling. That mix of fact and fiction, the story Americans tell about who we have been, what we are, and where we are headed is dysfunctional. New wine is bursting the old wineskins. Some of us cheer the myth’s end. Others fight to preserve it. But, in our highly agitated and fearful culture, we wonder: what will replace it?