An introduction to the concept of theological reasoning. The course explores the inter-relatedness of theological topics, and the fact that theology does not proceed by opinion, but by a reasoned search for the truth. The topics in this course are the classical issues in Christian thought, illustrated by the discussion of the dialogue between Catholics and Protestant models of theological reasoning.
An historical overview of the practice of Christian discipleship through the centuries, with a specific focus on several major schools of Catholic Christian spirituality including desert monastic, Benedictine, Franciscan, Dominican, Carmelite, Jesuit, and Salesian traditions.
A study of Christian saints and their ecclesiological, historical, liturgical and spiritual importance to Catholic Christians especially. The course examines official church documents pertaining to the saints, the Church's procedures for declaring sainthood, writings of and about the saints, historical and systematic studies of saints and sainthood, and popular traditions associated with the saints.
Examines the Eucharistic character of Christian moral life. It studies the virtues of this life, precepts derived from Scripture and the teaching Tradition of the Church, the application of these precepts to contemporary issues, and the nourishing of moral life through the Sacraments.
This course introduces the student to the Church's teaching on sexual ethics. Scripture and tradition will serve as the foundation for an examination of a variety of sexual issues, as well as the virtue of chastity.
An investigation of the moral problems which can arise in the practice of modern medicine. A brief historical survey of medical ethics is followed by a study of the basic Christian principles of morality. Questions discussed include the concept of health and illness, the inception, preservation, and termination of human life.
A study of the Christian social tradition, with special emphasis on Catholic social thought. The course begins with the scriptural foundations of Christian social ethics, as well as foundations located in the Christian tradition. The remainder of the course addresses questions concerning issues of justice in the contemporary world from a Christian perspective. Issues include poverty, globalization, war and peace, the environment, and consumerism.
An introduction to the history of the early Christian movement up to 450 A.D., which addresses institutional, theological, and devotional developments in this foundational period as revealed through primary texts and the statements of Church councils.
A study of the significance of the person and work of Jesus Christ as presented in the New Testament and Church councils, and interpreted in the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and of theologians.
This course explores theological themes in Christianity and Chinese Religion, with a special focus on Daoism. The purpose of the approach is to establish and expand the Catholic Christian self-understanding by virtue of the dialogue. Naturally, students will learn about Daoism as well. Initially the course introduces the method of comparative theology, then the rest of the course is a tour of Catholic theological categories interacting with their Daoist analogues.
Meets Theological Reasoning: Catholic Theological Learning Outcome (CATH) and the Global Engagement Learning Outcome (GLOB)
A study of the role of religion in the American experience from the colonial period to the present. The focus of the course is on the place of religion in the history and culture of the United States. The course examines the development of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish traditions as well as Native American religions and new and alternative religions in American society.
A study of the major monotheistic religious traditions originating in the Ancient Near East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course concentrates on the history, thought, and practice of the three great Abrahamic traditions. Special attention is given to the contemporary varieties of each tradition.
Meets the Global Engagement Learning Outcome (GLOB)
A survey of the major religious traditions of South and East Asian origin, and the Church's response to them. Topics have included: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and the traditional and new religions of China, Korea, and Japan.
This course examines the historical contributions of women to the thought and practice of the Catholic religion from New Testament to modern times. Lectures and readings in primary texts examine women's involvement in early Christian martyrdom, in monasticism, ministry, and Church reform, as well as women's contributions in the areas of doctrine and spirituality. Figures studied have included Perpetua of Carthage, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Lisieux, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.