Religion & belief

Religious Studies Courses in London and Online

Discover beliefs and traditions from across the globe. Explore iconography, sacred texts and rituals. Examine the history of different world religions and discuss contemporary issues around faith and belief. City Lit offers a wide range of short weekend courses in Religious Studies, from general introductions to close-up focus on specific issues, religious objects and texts.

Our classes are taught by experienced, professional tutors with a wide range of specialisms, many of whom also teach at London universities. Tutors also bring their expertise from other academic disciplines, for example history and literature. Please refer to specific course outlines for individual tutor biographies.

With our focus on short, weekend courses in religion and belief, it is easy to fit developing your interests into the busy week.

Browse our range of religion and belief courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Satan and the Devil: a cultural eye view through text, image and tradition
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    The figure of Satan/devil has pervaded many centuries of the cultural imagination of the Western world. The course will examine the literary and iconographic sources for this enduring phenomena and will ask why ideas about the devil have continued to both frighten and fascinate and why its long-lasting association with sexuality and deceit continues to make it an attractive theme in contemporary culture.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  2. Thinking about belief: a short introduction to atheism and the rejection of God
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Various types of atheism have played their part within human life. This course will examine the significance of these views for those concerned and consider what Nietzsche meant when he claimed that ‘God is dead’.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  3. Paganism: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ethan Doyle-White
    Today, hundreds of thousands of people across the world follow modern Pagan religions – this course explores these traditions and the long history behind the concept of paganism itself.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  4. The death of God
    Course start date:  Wed 1 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Over the past five hundred years in the West belief in God has declined. This course will examine why this has happened and consider the meaning and significance of what has taken place.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  5. Reasoning and God: an introduction to theology
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edgar Ter-Danielyan
    This course is an introduction to theology – reasoned discourse on the Christian understanding of God, his nature, and his relationship with human beings and the created order.
    Full fee £59.00
  6. The purchase of paradise: ideas of purgatory in the mediaeval world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Explore mediaeval ideas of purgatory in this one-day course. More details to follow soon.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  7. An introduction to Indian comparative religions
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ketan Varia
    The course is an introduction to Indian Religions. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism all have common aspects, but also some fundamental differences in philosophy.
    Full fee £69.00
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  8. The art of burial
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    Explore the V&A’s collections and discover amazing objects associated with burial practices in world faiths from ancient Chinese and Buddhist burial practices, to more recent objects associated with Christianity and Islam,



    NB: This course will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
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