Courses in Mishawaka and Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fall 2017 Courses
THEO 64648 Christ and the Moral Life
Fridays | 5pm-9pm | September 15th, October 13th, November 10th
Saturdays | 8am-5pm | September 16th, October 14th, November 11th
Location: Marian High School, Mishawaka IN
As a graduate level introduction to Catholic moral theology, this course will introduce you to fundamental themes and current issues in moral theology, especially in light of the call to Christian discipleship and the renewal of moral theology proposed by the Second Vatican Council. We will divide the course into three weekend sessions. In session one, we will trace the historical development of moral theology, and introduce its major and important themes, including sin, grace, law, the virtues, and the moral act. In session two, we will turn to a discussion of contemporary themes in marriage, family, sexual, and biomedical ethics, and pay close attention to how the call to discipleship functions in these areas, and how the fundamental tools of making moral judgments are operative in these cases. Finally, we will turn to Catholic social doctrine, especially issues related to the justice of war and peace, an integral human ecology, consumerism, economics, and the dignity of human life. Throughout the course, we will explore how prayer, the sacraments, and the liturgy are formative of the moral life.
Courses in Tucson, Ariz.
Dec. 27, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
Professor J. Matthew Ashley
This course will provide an introduction to Ignatian spirituality. Ignatian spirituality draws its strength, on the one hand, from the many ways it brings together trends and themes from the prior history of Christian spirituality. In this sense it is nothing new. On the other hand, Ignatius and his first followers were keenly sensitive to the multitude of challenges facing the Church and committed Christian life in the sixteenth century. Thus, their genius lay in configuring the spiritual riches of the past to confront new challenges, and their success is attested by the enduring power and flexibility of this spirituality. We will consider this process of reconfiguration historically, with particular attention to two foundational documents: The Spiritual Exercises and The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. Then we will explore its continuing vitality by studying a few contemporary figures who interpret and apply it today, including Pope Francis.
Location: Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona: desertrenewal.org
All are welcome to attend this course as degree seeking or non-degree seeking students. Students are responsible for paying & arranging travel. If you'd like to learn about the RRC, here is an article about its history and mission tucson_rrc_article_in_liguorian.pdf.
Courses in Israel
May 28, 2018 - June 4, 2018
"The Holy Land"
Professor Gabriel Reynolds
In our course "The Holy Land" we will investigate the manner in which Christians and Muslims through the centuries have understood the religious dimension of Palestine, and of Jerusalem in particular. In the first section of the course we will analyze classical religious texts, including: the New Testament prophecies of Jerusalem's destruction; the narratives surrounding Saint Helen's recovery of the true Cross and sacred relics; the traditions of Muhammad's night journey to Jerusalem, and Muslim narratives on the conquest of Palestine and the construction of the Dome of the Rock. In the second section of the course we will turn to the memories and visions of individual believers, such as the descriptions of medieval Muslim geographers, the travelogues of European Christian pilgrims, the diaries of Eastern Orthodox monks of the Palestinian desert, and the popular religious pamphlets and web sites of Muslim and Christian faithful today. Meanwhile, we will have the opportunity to travel together in the Holy Land and to visit the sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere that are central to our texts. Ultimately, students will be challenged to develop a theological response to the place of the Holy Land in Christian tradition and to the competing claims of Muslim believers.
If you'd like to learn more about Tantur, here is the Institute brochure tantur_brochure.pdf.