Fall 2012 Undergraduate Courses
Fall 2012 Courses
THEO 20103 - Section 01: One Jesus & His Many Portraits (CRN 13834)
Long Title: The One Jesus and His Many Portraits: The Various Images of Jesus in the New Testament and Beyond
This course explores the many different faith-portraits of Jesus painted by various books of the New Testament: e.g., from suffering servant abandoned by God through high priest interceding with God to Godself. In each case, the course will ask how this particular portrait did or did not have an impact on subsequent Christian faith and what it may say to faith in Christ today. The course will combine a lecture format with discussions, readings, and reflections on the readings.
THEO 20201 - Section 01: God (CRN 18767)
The outstanding feature of human dignity, the Second Vatican Council reminds us, is that human beings have been called to communion with God. ("Gaudium et Spes19") In encountering the divine Mystery through our experience in the world, especially through the teaching and worship of the Church, we are led to center our lives on faith in God, ultimate reality, and to find in that faith a meaning for human life, a cause to hope and an impulse to love. In this course, we will reflect on both the challenges and the blessings of this encounter with God as transcendent Mystery, and on how our experience of God is formed by the Church preaching of the risen Jesus. Beginning with the Bible presentation of the Mystery of God, we will read selections from Church Fathers, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, 16th-century mystics, John Henry Newman, and several 20th-century authors; we will reflect on the modern phenomenon of atheism, and on what is actually involved in living faith in a living God.
THEO 20206 - Section 01: U.S. Latino Spirituality (CRN 12162)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the dynamic origins, development and present status of the collective spirituality of the Latinos/as living in the USA. Emphasis will be placed on the Mexican Americans since they are not only the largest group but likewise the ones who have been living in the USA the longest. Drawing on history, cultural anthropology, Christian Theology and your own experience, this course will explore the roots and development of contemporary Latino Spirituality in the United States. As we explore in depth the spirituality of a people, this course will also help you discover and explore the roots and development of your own collective and personal spirituality.
THEO 20249 - Section 01: Eastern Churches (CRN 18768)
Long Title: The Eastern Churches: Theology and History
The course provides an overview of the variety of the Eastern rite Churches belonging to different cultural traditions of Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean world. The students will be introduced to the theological views and liturgical life of the Eastern rite Christians, i.e., Orthodox, Oriental and Eastern Catholic, and their fascinating history. In the second part of the course we shall explore the Byzantine rite Churches in more detail, and discuss the challenges their theology and history present to the Christian world at large. Special attention will be given to Slavic Christianity and especially Russian and Ukrainian religious history. Reflection on the diversity of Christian traditions will lead to important insights into theological topics of central importance for today such as theology of culture, ecclesiology, sacramental theology and theology of history.
THEO 20253 - Section 01: Dying to Live Forever: Martyrs (CRN 18769)
Long Title: Dying to Live Forever: Christian Martyrdom from Jesus to 9/11
Martyrdom has been centrally important to Christianity from the ancient world to contemporary debates about the category and its application. It is inextricable from questions about persecution and power, death and identity, suffering and truth. Through lectures and tutorial discussions of primary sources, this course examines the experiences, representations, reception, and place of martyrs across two thousand years of the history of Christianity with particular emphasis on the early church and the Reformation era. It analyzes the importance of martyrdom for the definition and development of Christian doctrine, ecclesiology, and devotion, and the influence of these in turn on attitudes about persecution, the imitation of Christ, and martyrdom itself.
THEO 20254 - Section 01: C.S. Lewis: Sin, Sanct, Saints (CRN 18770)
Long Title: C.S. Lewis on Sin, Sanctification and Saints
What is the path for sanctification to the beatific vision? Using the fiction of C.S. Lewis for signposts on the path, this course will consider the doctrine of sin (Screwtape Letters), sanctification as cooperating with grace (The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Perelandra), and the final formation of saints (The Great Divorce, The Last Battle). Other authors will be helpful in understanding Christian spirituality as a struggle to cultivate the virtues and overcome the passions: Augustine, Maximus Confessor, Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Dorothy Sayers, Joseph Pieper, and G.K. Chesterton.
THEO 20401 - Section 01: Church and Worship (CRN 14722)
An analysis of the church as a community of believers and a social institution, and a study of church liturgy and sacraments. This course will center around three key areas, namely (1) Anthropology: As humans, why do we feel the need to express ourselves and our relationship to God through ritual activity? (2) Theology: What are the Christological and ecclesiological underpinnings for the sacraments? (3) History: What is the historical development of each of the seven sacraments? What has remained constant in spite of the historical mutations?
THEO 20606 - Section 01: Theology of Marriage (CRN 18771)
This course seeks to introduce participants to the principal elements in the Catholic Tradition on marriage by examining the sources of this tradition in sacred scripture, the work of ancient Christian writers, the official teachings of the Church and recent theological reflection. The method employed in the course is thus historical, scriptural, and thematic. The readings selected for this course are intended to expose students to contemporary discussion in moral theology apropos of these issues, and provide them with the necessary theological tools to critically evaluate a wide variety of ethical positions dealing with marriage in the Catholic tradition.
THEO 20619 - Section 01: Rich, Poor, and War (CRN 19345)
This course examines the interrelationships between economic injustice and violence. It begins by investigating the gap between rich and poor both in the US and worldwide. We also look at the history of Christian thought on wealth and poverty. We then address the ways in which economic disparity intersects with the problem of violence in both domestic (violence against women) and political realms (war and revolution). Next, we canvass Christian thought on the use of violence. This raises the question of whether Christianity itself contributes more to violence or to peace. Finally, we pose the question of whether forgiveness for violence is advisable or feasible.
THEO 20625 - Section 01: Discipleship: Loving Action (CRN 13835)
Long Title: Discipleship: Loving Action for Justice
This course is designed for students who have completed a Summer Service Project Internship (SSLP or ISSLP) through the Center for Social Concerns. The main objective is to afford students the opportunity to combine social analysis with theological reflection. The course material will span a variety of ethical issues, including education, globalization, restorative justice, racial justice, power relations, environmental justice, and structural violence. These topics will be held in conversation with the Catholic social tradition. A major component of the course will entail the presentation and analysis of student-generated research emerging from the SSLP/ISSLP.
THEO 20643 - Section 01: The Askesis of Nonviolence (CRN 14452)
Long Title: The Askesis of Nonviolence: Theology and Practice
This course will explore the theology and practice of nonviolence as a form of askesis, or spiritual discipline. The material will include readings from Scripture, the early Christian tradition, and Catholic social teaching. Religious sources outside the Christian tradition will include Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Badshah Khan. This course will use the method of community-based learning and will require 20 hours of service at particular sites in the South Bend area.
THEO 20825 - Section 01: World Religns & Cath in Dialg (CRN 13298)
Long Title: World Religions and Catholicism in Dialogue
To explore Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and to examine the Christian theological appraisal of the other world religions. This course is a study in comparative theology and will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of Christianity by "passing over" into and experiencing as well as appraising the different major religious traditions of the world.
THEO 20828 - Section 01: Christianity & World Religions (CRN 13828)
Long Title: Christianity and World Religions
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basic teachings and spiritualities of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. We will approach these religions both historically and theologically, seeking to determine where they converge and differ from Christianity on such perennial issues as death, meaning, the nature of the ultimate Mystery, the overcoming of suffering, etc. We will also examine some traditional and contemporary Catholic and Protestant approaches to religious pluralism. Our own search to know how the truth and experience of other faiths is related to Christian faith will be guided by the insights of important Catholic contemplatives who have entered deeply in the spirituality of other traditions. By course's end we ought to have a greater understanding of what is essential to Christian faith and practice as well as a greater appreciation of the spiritual paths of others. Requirements: Short papers, midterm exam, and final exam.
THEO 20830 - Section 01: Islam and Christian Theology (CRN 15670)
While many Christians have described Islam as a Christian heresy, many Muslims consider Christianity to be an Islamic heresy. Jesus, they maintain, was a Muslim prophet. Like Adam and Abraham before him, like Muhammad after him, he was sent to preach Islam. In this view Islam is the natural religion--eternal, universal, and unchanging. Other religions, including Christianity, arose only when people went astray. Therefore Muslims have long challenged the legitimacy of Christian doctrines that differ from Islam, including the Trinity, the incarnation, the cross, the new covenant and the church. In this course we will examine Islamic writings, from the Qur'an to contemporary texts, in which these doctrines are challenged. We will then examine the history of Christian responses to these challenges and consider, as theologians, how Christians might approach them today. Regarding the Islamic Challenge to Christian Theology? is the second of two required theology courses at Notre Dame (the ?development? course). These two courses are directed towards a number of goals. First, they provide students with information about the Bible and Christian theology that in itself is important. Second, they form the basis of a Catholic community at Notre Dame where all students (whether or not they are practicing Catholics) have a common experience of texts and questions that might be discussed not only in class but while eating mashed potatoes in North Dining Hall. Third, theology itself is meant as a guiding light for all other classes. As with the great European universities (Paris, Bologna, Oxford, Cambridge etc.), Notre Dame was founded by the church to be a community where students are strengthened in their faith and morals, and therefore more able to see the truth in other fields, whether biology, music, or history. Like the first required course (Foundations), Regarding the Islamic Challenge to Christian Theology has the same goals. This is not an Islamic Studies course. It is a course which takes Islam?s challenge to Christian teaching as the starting point for Christian theological reflection.
THEO 20849 - Section 01: Love in Christian Theology (CRN 18775)
This course is about love in Christian theology. It considers the nature of love in Plato's Symposium, Augustine's Trinitarian theology and ecclesiology, Bernard of Clairvaux's interpretation of the Song of Songs, and Thérèse of Lisieux's Story of a Soul. The course considers modern presentations of eros and agape as opposed (Nygren) and as complementary (Martin D'Arcy). The course concludes by considering nuptial mysticism in Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Wojtyla's The Jeweler's Shop, and in contemporary cinema.
THEO 20850 - Section 01: Women, Gender and Theology (CRN 19348)
This course is an introduction to Christian attitudes toward women and reflections on gender throughout the Christian tradition.
THEO 30011 - Section 01: Know Your Catholic Faith: Mary (CRN 15097)
This course will examine Mary in the Christian Tradition, particularly the primary teachings about Mary in Roman Catholicism and the implications of those teachings for contemporary Christian faith. The course is part of the Know Your Catholic Faith series offered through the Department of Theology and as such will examine all pertinent texts on Mary from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Does not fulfill the 2nd theology university requirement.
THEO 30015 - Section 01: KnowYrCath Fa: Ignation Spirit (CRN 19354)
Long Title: Know Your Catholic Faith: Ignation Spirit
This course, which will be conducted in the intensive "retreat" style on a single weekend, invites students to learn first-hand about the distinctive approach to contemplative prayer aimed at conversion of life and practical decisions for discipleship that is classically embodied in St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises. After an introductory lecture on the theology of Christian prayer and the distinctive role of Ignatius in Christian spirituality, students will participate in lectures and presentations on the text and structure of the exercises, and will then be asked to pray through the various meditations and considerations Ignatius offers, in a brief but concentrated way. As background to the course, students will be expected to have read the section on prayer in the catechism of the Catholic Church and Ignatius of Loyola's autobiography.
THEO 40002 - Section 01: Elementary Hebrew I (CRN 19357)
This is a two-semester introductory course in biblical Hebrew; under normal circumstances, the student must complete the first to enroll in the second. The fall semester will be devoted to learning the grammar of biblical Hebrew. The spring semester will be divided into two parts. For the first six weeks we will finish and review the grammar. In the remaining part of the course we will read and translate texts from the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and Rabbinic literature. The course will focus on developing reading and comprehension skills in biblical Hebrew through the study of biblical texts. In addition, students will learn how to use reference grammars, concordances, and apparatus to the Biblica Hebraica. The course encourages students to think about the grammatical forms and their implications for biblical interpretation.
THEO 40101 - Section 01: Introduction to Old Testament (CRN 14329)
Long Title: Introduction to the Old Testament
This course will offer students an introductory-level survey of the books of the Hebrew Bible, with emphasis placed on the holistic (i.e., theological, literary, and social-scientific) study of the history, literature, and religion of ancient Israel. The implications of selected texts in Christian and Jewish theological discourse will also be explored. Required course components include the major divisions of the Hebrew Bible (Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings), and writing spans the following research-related genres (case studies, article reviews, journal, and critical notes). Fall only.
THEO 40201 - Section 01: Christian Theological Tradtn I (CRN 12973)
Long Title: The Christian Theological Tradition I
A survey of Christian theology from the end of the New Testament period to the eve of Reformation. Through the close reading of primary texts, the course focuses on Christology of such influential thinkers such as Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas. How do these thinkers understand the person and work of Jesus Christ? What are the Christological problems that they tried to resolve? How do the different Christologies of these thinkers reflect their differing conceptions of the purpose and method of "theology?" Some attention will also be given to non-theological representations of Christ. How does the art of the early and medieval periods manifest changes in the understanding of the significance of Jesus. This course is obligatory for all first and supplementary majors but is open to others who have completed the University requirements of theology and who wish to gain a greater fluency in the history of Christian thought. Fall only.
THEO 40215 - Section 01: Miracles (CRN 18779)
What is a miracle? Can miracles happen? What is their significance? The course will approach these questions using a variety of paradigms, including philosophical, theological, and sociological. We will consider a variety of texts and issues, including the Bible, classical exegeses of biblical miracle stories (in Origen, Augustine, and Gregory the Great) as well their counterparts in modern scholarship, philosophical debates about the status of the miraculous, and recent studies of communities where miraculous events are alleged to have occurred. We will also consider the canonical process for the investigation of alleged miracles, as well as literary treatments of the theme. We will ask, finally, What is the religious significance of wonder?
THEO 40234 - Section 01: Thos Aquinas & Pursuit of Wisd (CRN 18780)
Long Title: Thomas Aquinas and the Pursuit of Wisdom
This course offers an orientation to the theology of Thomas Aquinas through his account of "wisdom", which in Thomas refers to the contemplation of divine things and the ordering of all else in that light. The theme of "wisdom" threads its way through the entire range of Thomas's theology, and attention to "wisdom" will make clear many of Thomas's most important convictions-about the nature of the theological enterprise; the interrelated doctrines of God and of Christ; and, the specific character of Christian discipleship.
THEO 40422 - Section 01: Gregorian Chant (CRN 19675)
Long Title: Gregorian Chant: Vocal Sacred Music I
Vocal Sacred Music I is devoted primarily to Gregorian Chant, with some study toward the end of the semester of medieval polyphonic works based on chant. The course will cover matters of liturgy, performance practice, musical forms, notation, and sources. The course is open to upper-class music majors and graduate students in the Master of Sacred Music Program.
THEO 40623 - Section 01: Theology, Ethics, and Culture (CRN 19358)
As a people with ?good news? to bring to ?all the nations,? Christians have always been engaged in thinking about how the Gospel relates to the world?s complex and diverse cultures. Yet Christians have maintained that the Gospel also has the power to critique and reform cultures even though, in various ways, the Church itself and its canonical texts were formed within and influenced by ancient philosophical and religious cultures. This class will investigate recent attempts by Catholic and Protestant theologians to provide theological descriptions and critiques of culture while remaining sensitive to the true and necessary gifts that cultural diversity brings to the Church. After a short introduction to contemporary cultural studies, we will read one of the classic texts in Christian theology that charts different models for how to think about the moral significance of theological engagements with culture in H. Richard Niebuhr?s Christ and Culture. We will then investigate the theme of Christ and culture in work of Pope Benedict XVI, Aylward Shorter, Laurenti Magesa, Diana Hayes and Dwight Hopkins. We will pay special attention to the increased importance of the phenomenon of inculturation in recent Catholic theology and on the question of the relationship between love and justice in recent Christian ethics.
THEO 40808 - Section 01: Major Catholic Thinkers (CRN 18781)
Long Title: Major Roman Catholic Thinkers: John Henry Newman
This course offers an expansive treatment of the work of Cardinal John Henry Newman, arguably the foremost Catholic thinker of the nineteenth century. While it will not ignore Newman?s wonderful homilies, in the main it will concentrate on texts such as the Apologia, The Development of Doctrine, Oxford University Sermons, and Grammar of Assent, all of which have assumed classic status.
THEO 40813 - Section 01: Death and Rebirth (CRN 14330)
A course on the spiritual journey through the ages: the figure Gilgamesh (the human quest of eternal life), the figure of Socrates (the sense of a deeper life that lives through death), the figure of Jesus (the I and thou with God in Christianity; how this leads to an understanding of death and resurrection, or Incarnation and Trinity), Dante and the spiritual journey (the Christian sense of a life that lives on both sides of death), Kierkegaard and the eternal self (the Christian encounter with the modern sense of selfhood), and a concluding vision (the experience of the presence of God). Requirements include a midterm and a final exam (take home exams) and a personal essay.
THEO 40824 - Section 01: Hindu & Christian Interaction (CRN 18782)
Long Title: Hindu and Christian Interaction
This course will provide a survey of the main events, human figures and theological models which have characterized Hindu-Christian interaction, especially since the beginning of the 19th century, a period that marks a turning-point in Hinduism's understanding of itself. We shall attempt to determine how each of the two religions has undergone transformation in its theology and spirituality, either through the enrichment or through the challenge which the other tradition has presented. Theologically we shall examine such issues as revelation and history, divine grace and human freedom, personhood of the deity, Hindu and Christian views of Christ, theistic and non-dualistic metaphysics.
THEO 40855 - Section 01: Spirituality and Discipleship (CRN 19359)
Jesus calls himself "The Way" but there are many ways to follow the Way. This course will explore the notion of Christian discipleship by examining some classical texts in the Christian tradition including Thomas a Kempis, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Francis de Sales as well as some modern authors like Saint Therese of Lisieux, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Merton, C. S. Lewis, and Gustavo Gutierrez. The course will be reading intensive with a number of short papers. We will begin with an examination of the New Testament understanding of discipleship by a consideration of the Gospel of Mark.
THEO 40856 - Section 01: Chile: Church & State (CRN 19360)
Long Title: Chile: Church & State 1960-2011
During the last fifty years the Republic of Chile has undergone rapid changes both in Church and State. From the politically conservative to a Socialist revolution to a military take over, and finally back to democracy. In view of these developments how might one predict the future of this exciting country?
THEO 40857 - Section 01: The Church after Vatican II (CRN 19361)
October 11, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Vatican II. Almost every aspect of Catholic life and theology has been impacted in some way by the work of this council ? even though there are ongoing debates about what exactly this impact should be. This course will introduce students to the event and documents of Vatican II and will explore several lines of development that grow out of the council, including liturgy, leadership and ministry, social justice, and the Church?s relationship with other religions. Optional as part of this course is a fall-break trip to Jerusalem which explores Jewish-Christian relations after Vatican II. This trip is offered as an additional 1-credit course at the Israel-Jerusalem campus (THEO 44857) and has limited spots.
THEO 40858 - Section 01: The World of Buddhism (CRN 19671)
A thematic introduction to the pan-Asian (i.e., South, Southeast, and Central Asian as well as East Asian) Buddhist tradition exploring the fundamentals of Buddhist doctrine and practice while also sampling major themes in the religion's social, cultural, and material history. Among the particular topics to be covered are: the life of the Buddha (history & hagiography), the "Four Noble Truths" (the essentials of the Buddhist "creed"), the Buddhist canon (the nature and scope of Buddhist scripture), Buddhist cosmology (Buddhist conceptions of the formation and structure of the universe, i.e., of time and space), Buddhist monasticism, meditation and the Buddhist contemplative life, Buddhist ethics, the ritual lives of Buddhists, Buddhism and politics, Buddhist "family values," Buddhism and the arts, etc.
THEO 40859 - Section 01: Women in Religion (CRN 19730)
Long Title: Women in Religion Investigates Women's Issues in Religion and Theology
This course will examine the contribution of women in the task of interpreting the Christian tradition (doctrines and dogmas of the church) and enriching theology through the lens of women?s critical thinking as found in the writings of feminist, womanist, Mujerista, Asian and other women theologians. The course will explore the importance of historical experience and tradition in the development of theological theory relative to women?s role in church and society. Topics to be studies include: 1) the variety of women?s experience, 2) the historical roles of women in the bible, church and society, and 3) the contribution of women theologians to key themes in theology: theological anthropology, Christology, ecclesiology, the mystery of God, and Spirituality.
THEO 48002 - Section 01: Ph/Th Thesis Writing (CRN 10157)
Under the direction of a faculty member, students define a topic, undertake independent research, and write a thesis. This course is largely for the joint THEO-PHIL major who chooses to write the senior thesis in theology. It may be used in other special circumstances.
THEO 48005 - Section 01: Honors Research (CRN 12770)
Students who are accepted to the theology honors program research their topics during fall semester under the direction of a faculty advisor.
THEO 48006 - Section 01: Honors Colloquium (CRN 12771)
Students who are accepted to the theology honors program meet as a group in colloquium during fall semester, led by a faculty member.