Spring 2012 Undergraduate Courses

Spring 2012 Courses

THEO 20103 - Section 01: One Jesus & His Many Portraits (CRN 28465)
Long Title: The One Jesus and His Many Portraits: The Various Images of Jesus in the New Testament and Beyond
Professor John Meier

Course Description:
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 20206 - Section 01: U.S. Latino Spirituality (CRN 22109)
Professor Dan Groody and Professor Virgil Elizondo

Course Description:
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 20233 - Section 01 and 02: Called to Holiness:Santctn (CRN 28467)
Long Title: Called to Holiness: Sanctification in the Christian Tradition
Professor Daria Spezzano

Course Description:
"Be holy, as I am holy" (Lv 11: 45): God calls human persons, created in the divine image but damaged by sin, to become holy and so to share in the happiness of God's own life. What is holiness, and how does God call and sanctify human beings? What kind of personal transformation is required? And, how have Christians over the ages responded to God's call? This course will explore the Church's understanding of sanctification in its varied expressions from Scripture through patristic, medieval and Reformation periods, to Vatican II and post-conciliar papal teaching. Ways in which Christians have lived out the call to holiness will be examined (e.g., martyrdom, monasticism, ministry), while sanctification itself will be considered in relation to central aspects of Christian doctrine: the Trinity, Christ and his sacraments, theological anthropology, grace and justification, ecclesiology, and eschatology. A primary goal of the course is to offer students the opportunity to reflect in a theological way on God's call to sanctification in their own lives, in conversation with Scripture and the writings of holy men and women through the ages.


THEO 20244 - Section 01: Monastic Way in Hist of Chrsty (CRN 28469)
Long Title: Monastic Way in History of Christianity
Professor Robin Darling Young

Course Description:
In the history of the eastern and western churches, male and female monastics have composed a long and elaborate tradition of their collective life based on the imitation of Christ. A selection of the written sources attesting to the variety of the forms of monastic life and prayer, and theology and mysticism will form the syllabus for this class. It will explore the modes of life of the solitary monastic as well as those of monastic communities, from earliest Christianity through the present, by reading works from and about this form of life. It will discuss, among other themes, those of discipline, the meaning of the body and its labor, penance, suffering, humility, study and learning, the love of human beings, the love of God, union with God and participation in the life of God within the limits that the monastic life imposes.


THEO 20249 - Section 01: Eastern Churches (CRN 25913)
Long Title: The Eastern Churches: Theology and History
Professor Yury P. Avvakumov

Course Description:
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


THEO 20251 - Section 01: The Catholic Faith (CRN 26520)
Professor John Cavadini

Course Description:
This course is a theological introduction to the basic teachings of the Catholic faith. The primary text is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This will be supplemented by theological source readings from all periods. The emphasis will be on the coherence of the system of basic Catholic teaching as a whole. The argument is that the coherence is located in the love of God which lies at the heart of all Christian mysteries. "Love alone is credible" in the words of one famous theologian of the twentieth century and it is that love, and that credibility, that we will set ourselves the task of investigating.


THEO 20401 - Section 01: Church and Worship (CRN 28902)
Professor Michael Driscoll

Course Description:
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 20605 - Section 01: Intro to Catholic Moral Theo (CRN 24946)
Long Title: Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology
Professor David Clairmont

Course Description:
This course will be structured into three sections, addressing respectively, biblical foundations, fundamental topics, and selected contemporary ethical questions. The biblical section of the course will study some of the key ethical perspectives and teachings of the Scriptures, primarily the Gospels and the Pauline letters. This section will be followed by an introduction to several fundamental topics in moral theology including (1) the theology of grace; (2) the orientation of ethics toward the achievement of happiness; (3) the development of the moral and theological virtues as capacities that enable us to act well; (4) the relation between moral truth and authentic human freedom; (5) the natural law, and (6) the stages and analysis of moral action. The third section of the course will consider some contemporary ethical questions in the context of this biblical and systematic framework. The course will draw primarily upon the classical Catholic tradition, as represented especially by St. Thomas Aquinas. We will also read selected sections of recent encyclical letters by Pope John Paul II including his "Veritatis Splendor (On the Splendor of the Truth), Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)" and "Fides et Ratio (On Faith and Reason)." Students will be expected to write a summary of a short reading for each class, write one five-page paper for each of the first two sections of the course, write a final 10-page paper applying what has been studied to a particular ethical question, and present a summary of this paper to the class.


THEO 20616 - Section 01: Theo, Ethics & the Environment (CRN 28903)
Long Title: Theology, Ethics, and the Environment
 Rebecca Kaiser

Course Description:
What does it mean to think and act as a Christian in an age of environmental degradation and uncertainty? Although this may be a new query brought on by our current context, theologians have been reflecting upon the created order and the human place within that order for centuries. Focusing on the development of Roman Catholic thought while also drawing on Eastern Orthodox and Protestant sources, this course seeks to introduce students to primary texts in the Christian theological tradition from the patristic to the modern era and demonstrate their pertinence for addressing contemporary ecological problems. Students will gain an understanding of the central ecological issues of our day, develop a critical awareness of the assumptions and values of the mainstream environmental movement, and acquire the tools to think and act in ways that are creative, compassionate, and informed by centuries of theological reflection.


THEO 20619 - Section 01 and 02: Rich, Poor, and War (CRN 28470)
Professor Todd Whitmore

Course Description:
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 20657 - Section 01: Ethics of War and Peace (CRN 28904)
Long Title: The Ethics of War and Peace
Josh Kaiser

Course Description:
This course explores Christian understandings of the ethics of war and peace from the time of the early church to the present. Through this historical survey, we will seek to develop an account of various ethical positions on the use of force, particularly views rooted in pacifism and in the just war tradition. We will also consider how different theological convictions in the areas of Christology, ecclesiology, and eschatology (amongothers) have shaped Christian teaching on the nature of peace and the permissibility of using violence. Finally, we will investigate the ethical implications of several contemporary issues related to the ethics of war and peace such as war crimes, sanctions, humanitarian intervention, and terrorism.


THEO 20822 - Section 01: What Catholics Believe (CRN 22794)
Professor Gene Gorski

Course Description:
A theological exploration of the basic content and practice of the Catholic faith. The focus is on the fundamentals that form the foundation of Catholicism and against which everything else is explained or judged. The aim of this course is not simply to educate students about Catholicism. Rather, it intends to facilitate their personal appropriation of the Catholic tradition: that is, to challenge and help them reason critically for themselves about the meaning and practical implications of their faith. Some of the questions students will ponder concern God, Jesus Christ, the church, Christian spirituality, and moral behavior. But since we raise these questions in an attempt to come to terms with the meaning of our own lives, we begin with the question of our own human existence: Who am I or who are we? The course is based on the conviction that all theological questions start with us as the ones who pose the questions in the first place. While the approach taken will be one that appeals immediately to critical reason rather than to conversion of the mind and heart, the aim ultimately is to help students discern, respond to, and be transformed by the presence of God in their lives, and to work for the continuing renewal of the world in light of this discernment of God.


THEO 20825 - Section 01 and 02: World Religns & Cath in Dialg (CRN 22486)
Long Title: World Religions and Catholicism in Dialogue
Professor Gene Gorski

Course Description:
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 and 02: Christianity & World Religions (CRN 22069)
Long Title: Christianity and World Religions
Professor Brad Malkovsky

Course Description:
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 20860 - Section 01: Faith and Reason (CRN 25917)
Professor Karl Hefty

Course Description:
Nowadays thinkers from popes to professors to self-proclaimed apologists assume as their task to show how "faith and reason," "theology and philosophy," "religious belief and science," or some other such pair might be systematically connected. Perhaps the more pertinent question is how these binary groupings arose in the first place, that is, how "faith and reason" became systematically disconnected. This course examines that very question. It proceeds in four parts, with the bulk of the course being spent on the third part. First, a brief contemporary text provides orientation on the state of the question of "faith and reason." Second, selected texts from the Bible (Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, Romans, John), early Church (Justin Martyr, Augustine), and medieval period (Anselm, Aquinas) show the unity of what later thinkers will separate into "faith and reason." Third, early to late modern texts (Luther, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger) indicate how "faith and reason" were systematically separated in the modern period. Fourth, late modern Catholic texts (Vatican I, Newman, Rahner, Benedict XVI) give a sense of how Catholics aim to heal the rift between faith and reason while critically assessing how this rift occurred. The course includes papers and a final examination.


THEO 20861 - Section 01: Rlgn & Visl Arts: Chrsnty, Bud (CRN 28471)
Long Title: Religion and the Visual Arts, in Christianity and Buddhism
Professor Rob Gimello

Course Description:
A study of the ways in which religious ideas and values are conveyed in images as distinct from texts, focusing on major works of art (paintings, sculptures, architecture) from the Christian along with comparable with and equivalent works from the Buddhist tradition, and addressing especially the many arguments and tensions abounding in religion about the proper role of the visual arts in religion.


THEO 20862 - Section 01: Church in History & Eternity (CRN 29654)
Long Title: The Church in History and Eternity
Professor Francesca Murphy

Course Description:
This course will discuss ways of linking the historical Church with the eschatological and eternal church. We will tackle the relationship between the sinfulness of the Church in time (focusing on the 20th century) and the impeccability which is claimed for the eternal Church. This will involve study of Marian symbols for the Church. We will consider the problematic of the relation between the Church and the human race as a whole from its earliest origins in the Old Testament. A basic question of the course will be "who is the church, in history and in eternity?" We will analyse the idea of the Church as the continuation of the Incarnation in Möhler, Caryll Houselander and Corpus Mysticum.


THEO 20895 - Section 01: Christianity and Judaism (CRN 28472)
Professor Todd Walatka

Course Description:
God's covenant with the Jewish people is absolutely foundational for Christianity, and the contemporary Church has insisted that this covenant is irrevocable, remaining active for the Jewish people today. This course analyzes the relationship between Christianity and Judaism with particular focus on the theological and historical treatment of Jews and Judaism by Christians and within Christian theology. Throughout Judaism is engaged as "internal" to Christian self-understanding and "comparatively" as an ongoing, distinct religious tradition After a brief overview of Judaism, this course proceeds historically from the time of Jesus and the "parting of the ways" to our contemporary situation. Central issues engaged include God's covenant with Israel, the development of a negative image of post-biblical Judaism within Christianity, the relationship between anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism, hostility and violence towards Jews, and moments of fruitful interaction. The final third of the course engages significant positive developments in Catholic teaching and practices since Vatican II (1965) and engages several attempts to (re-)interpret the Jewish-Christian relationship from a variety of Jewish and Christian perspectives.


THEO 40108 - Section 01: New Testament Introduction (CRN 22487)
Professor Mary R. D'Angelo

Course Description:
A presentation of all the major approaches important for the understanding and study of the literature of the canonical New Testament in its historical, social and literary context. Emphasis on the various methodologies which have been applied to the study of the New Testament, including historical criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, source criticism, narrative criticism, rhetorical criticism, and social science criticism. Recent developments in the quest for the historical Jesus will be discussed, as will recent attempts to reconstruct the life and teachings of Paul. Important church documents on the Bible will be read, including, "De providentissimus Deus" (1893), "Divino Afflante Spiritu" (1943), "Instruction Concerning the Historical Truth of the Gospels" (1964), "Dei Verbum" (1965), and "The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church" (1995).


THEO 40121 - Section 01: Bibl Theo of Benedict XVI (CRN 28476)
Long Title: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
Professor Daniel Smith

Course Description:
In his Erasmus Lecture of 1988, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger addressed "the ambivalence inherent in biblical exegetical methodology for almost a hundred years" and called on scholars to allow "the Bible to be itself." Elevated to the papacy on April 19, 2005, Benedict XVI has continued to give attention to hermeneutical issues, most recently in his two-volume treatment of Jesus of Nazareth. In this course, we will orient ourselves within the history of biblical scholarship, so that we can understand the conversation to which the Pope is contributing. We will then explore the biblical theology of Pope Benedict XVI, focusing on his interpretation of the Gospel accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Finally, we will explore the impact of the Pope's writings, looking both at the reception of his work by scholars and at the opportunities created for ecumenical dialogue.


THEO 40202 - Section 01: The Christian Tradition II (CRN 21976)
Long Title: The Christian Theological Tradition II
Professor John Betz

Course Description:
The course will examine the development of the Christian tradition from the time of the Reformation to the present, with special attention to the confessional division of the western Christian tradition during the Reformation, and the responses that post-Reformation Christian traditions make to the secularization of Western culture. The objective of this course is to develop an ecumenical understanding of contemporary Christian traditions. Class time each week will consist of two lectures and one student-led discussion. Evaluation will be based on discussion, four short papers, and a final exam. Spring only.


THEO 40202 - Section 02: The Christian Tradition II (CRN 25947)
Long Title: The Christian Theological Tradition II
Professor Cyril O'Regan

Course Description:
The course will examine the development of the Christian tradition from the time of the Reformation to the present, with special attention to the confessional division of the western Christian tradition during the Reformation, and the responses that post-Reformation Christian traditions make to the secularization of Western culture. The objective of this course is to develop an ecumenical understanding of contemporary Christian traditions. Class time each week will consist of two lectures and one student-led discussion. Evaluation will be based on discussion, four short papers, and a final exam. Spring only.


THEO 40238 - Section 01: Transfgtn in Fict of CSLewis (CRN 28477)
Long Title: Transfiguration in the Fiction of C.S.Lewis
Professor David Fagerberg

Course Description:
This course will look at a theme that runs throughout the works of C. S. Lewis: theosis. Christianity's ultimate end is the deification of a person. In Lewis' fiction there is a strong theme of the transfiguration of matter and the human being, and the moral/ascetical prerequisite leading up to it. This course will first use some secondary theological sources to unpack theosis in light of the Christian doctrines of creation, sin, Trinity, and Christology, and then it will turn to Lewis himself - first to his non-fiction (Mere Christianity, Abolition of Man, Weight of Glory essays), but our main time will be spent in his fiction (Narnia, Screwtape Letters, Great Divorce, The Pilgrim's Regress, Til We Have Faces).


THEO 40280 - Section 01: God & the Problem of Human Suf (CRN 28479)
Long Title: God and the Problem of Human Suffering
Professor Randall Zachman

Course Description:
This course will examine theological responses to the problem of human suffering, in light of three major biblical paradigms regarding suffering. We will begin with the problem of innocent suffering in light of the Book of Job, and will examine the theology of Dorothee Soelle and Gustavo Gutierrez in light of this issue. We will then turn to the relation of suffering to prayer as expressed in the psalms of lament, and will examine the theology of John Calvin and Kathryn Greene-McCreight to see how each interpret these psalms in a way to foster prayer even when suffering attempts to silence it. We will conclude with the consideration of voluntary suffering in the life of discipleship, and will examine the writings of Julian of Norwich and Soren Kierkegaard, in order to see how they understand the experience of voluntary suffering in light of the love of God in Christ. The goal of the course is two-fold: first, to understand the ways Christians have thought about God and the problem of human suffering in its various dimensions; and second, to develop our own understanding of this question. In light of the first goal, students will be asked to write three comparative papers on the authors in each of the three sections of the course. In light of the second objective, students will be asked to write a final paper in which they give their own answer to the question of God and the problem of human suffering.


THEO 40281 - Section 01: Spiritual Masters: Early Chris (CRN 28480)
Long Title: Spiritual Masters of Early Christianity
Professor Robin Darling Young

Course Description:
An examination, through primary sources and selected interpretive studies, of the lives and works of ten accomplished male and female guides to the life of prayer and contemplation. The class will study their social contexts, sources and disciples as well as their formation in communal worship. Requirements: attentive reading and note-taking on each author, with notes submitted bi-weekly; one paper; one in-class presentation.


THEO 40282 - Section 01: Scrmntl Mystry in Med Theo (CRN 28481)
Long Title: The Sacramental Mystery of Medieval Theology: West and East
Professor Yury Avvakumov

Course Description:
The course will provide an overview of the history of sacramental theology in the Middle Ages, on the basis of the reading of primary texts. We shall start from St. Augustine's ideas on the sacraments and follow the formation of the a systematic treatise on the sacraments in the Early Scholasticism of the 12th century. Special attention will be given to the most important theologians of the High Scholastic period, such as Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, and Duns Scotus. The students will also be introduced to the main personalities of the Byzantine theological interpretation of the liturgy, ritual and mysteries of the church, in particular Nicolaos Cabasilas and Symeon of Thessalonike.


THEO 40283 - Section 01: Philo Wmn Thlgns: Stein, Weil (CRN 28482)
Long Title: Philosophical Women Theologians: Edith Stein and Simone Weil
Professor Ann Astell

Course Description:
This course pairs two extraordinary Jewish women philosophers of the World War II period who died during the period of Nazi persecution - Stein (1891-1942) in Auschwitz, and Weil (1901-1943) in England. Both studied under (and with) noted male philosophers - Husserl, Heidegger, Scheler, Von Hildebrand, and Alain, among others - and they developed their original insights on empathy and education (Stein), decreation and affliction (Weil) partly in response to their teachers. Both women struggled with their Jewish identity - Weil exemplifying an unconventional Christian Platonism and mysticism, Stein becoming a Catholic nun and canonized saint. Both wrote (auto)biographies. Literary and artistic criticism, meditations on mystical writings and experiences, and creative expressions (poetry and plays), as well as important essays on politics, philosophy, and theology belong to their fertile writings. Their lives and letters have inspired, in turn, the creative expressions of others: novels, plays, and poetry. Their intellectual quests in the shadow of the Holocaust led them to take up theological questions, studying St. Thomas Aquinas, Dionysius the Areopagite, St. John of the Cross (Stein), St. Francis, Bernanos, Marx, and Pascal (Weil). The answers they gave to God and others testify to the heroism and brilliance of their spiritual searches for truth and help to explain their continuing influence within the Church.


THEO 40284 - Section 01: The Reformation (CRN 28915)
Long Title: Storming Heaven: Christianity in the Reformation Era
Professor Brad Gregory

Course Description:
A narrative history of Christianity in Western Europe from c. 1500-c. 1650, which takes an international and comparative perspective, including Catholicism, Protestantism, and radical Protestantism. Topics covered include Christianity on the eve of the Reformation, Christian humanism, Luther and the German Reformation, the Peasants' War and Anabaptism, the English Reformation, Calvin and Calvinism, Catholic Reform and the Council of Trent, the French Wars of Religion, confessionalization, the Thirty Years War, and the English Revolution. Major themes include matters of religious content (doctrinal positions and devotional sensibilities), the relationship between different Christian groups and political regimes, the impact of religious changes across the population, and the definitive emergence of Christian pluralism. Lectures plus discussion.


THEO 40285 - Section 01: World History of 20th c Chr (CRN 28916)
Long Title: World History of 20th century Christianity
Professor Mark Noll

Course Description:
A survey of the dramatic changes that have recently altered the face of Christianity in the world. For Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, and the rapidly growing number of "independent" churches, the last century witnessed changes on a scale not seen since the first centuries of Christian history. The long-time Christian heartlands of Europe and North America have undergone unprecedented secularization. The once-missionary regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America have developed larger communities of active believers than now exist in "the Christian West." All over the world, Christian interactions with war (and peace), poverty (and affluence), disease (and health) have multiplied with increasing complexity. The course concentrates on Asia, Africa, and Latin America, with developments in Europe and North America in the background. Throughout, a primary aim is to link Christian events with major international developments like the world wars, the Cold War, economic globalization, and colonization-decolonization.


THEO 40286 - Section 01: The Qur'an Relation to Bible (CRN 29555)
Long Title: The Qur'an and Its Relation to the Bible
Professor Gabriel Reynolds

Course Description:
To Muslims the Qur'an is the uncreated, eternal Word of God. As Jesus Christ is to Christians, the Qur'an to Muslims is the fullest expression of God's mercy and concern for humanity. It is both the source of complete spiritual wisdom and the constitution for a more perfect society. In the present course we will encounter this revered text with the following goals: To examine the history of the Qur'an's composition and reception; to explore the major themes of the Qur'an; to discuss new theories on and debates over the Qur'an, and, finally, to research the Qur'an's statements on issues of contemporary interest, especially sex, politics and war. Students who are interested in this course and are not majors, please contact the department for permission.


THEO 40405 - Section 01: Mary & Sts in Litgy,Doc,& Life (CRN 28483)
Long Title: Mary and the Saints in Liturgy, Doctrine, and Life
Professor Max Johnson

Course Description:
This course explores the evolution and theology of Mary and the saints in their liturgical and doctrinal expressions in an attempt to discern, evaluate, and articulate their proper place within Christian liturgy, doctrine, and life today in relationship to the central mediatorial role of Christ. Issues of popular piety, "models of holiness," and ecumenical division, dialogue, convergence, feminist critique, and liturgical renewal will also be examined. Requirements include several short papers/seminar-style presentations, and a research paper.


THEO 40609 - Section 01: Love & Sex Christian Tradition (CRN 28484)
Long Title: Love and Sex in the Christian Tradition
Professor Jean Porter

Course Description:
Christian reflections on sexuality comprise one of the richest yet most controversial aspects of the Christian moral tradition. In this course, we will examine Christian sexual ethics from a variety of perspectives through a study of historical and contemporary writings. Topics to be considered include Christian perspectives on marriage and family, the ethics of sex within and outside of marriage, contraception, divorce and remarriage, and homosexuality. Course requirements will include four or five short papers and a final examination.


THEO 40622 - Section 01: Evangelization (CRN 28918)
Professor Mike Connors

Course Description:
This seminar will seek to sketch the parameters of Catholic theology and praxis of "spreading the Good News." Beginning from Scriptural foundations and a brief look at the history of Christian mission, we will examine recent important developments, including the following: Vatican II (especially Dei Verbum, Ad Gentes, Nostra Aetate and Gaudium et Spes); Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi; John Paul II and the "New Evangelization;" Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini (2010). Special attention will be given to issues of Inculturation and the relationship between evangelization and interreligious dialogue. Students will also have the opportunity to study various contemporary programmatic approaches of their choosing. Texts will include: Bevans & Schroeder, Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (2004); and A. Shorter, Toward a Theology of Inculturation (1988).


THEO 40811 - Section 01: Religion and Autobiography (CRN 24604)
Professor John Dunne

Course Description:
A course on the spiritual journey of the individual person, drawing on diaries and autobiographies. The first half is on the story of the life in terms of feeling and imagination and insight and choice, and the second half is on the story of the person in terms of the life project, the boundary situations of life, and conversion of the mind, of heart, and of soul. Readings: Saint Augustine, "Confessions;" Martin Buber, "The Way of Men;" Carolina Maria de Jesus, "Child of the Dark;" John Dunne, "Reasons of the Heart" and "Search for God in Time and Memory;" Etty Hillesum, "An Interrupted Life;" C.G. Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections;" Rainer Maria Rilke, "Letters to a Young Poet" and "Reading the Gospel." Writings: a spiritual diary (not handed in), a term paper, and a midterm take-home and a final take-home exam.


THEO 40853 - Section 01: Science, Faith, & Reason (CRN 28919)
Long Title: Science, Faith, and Reason
Professor Rasoul Rasoulipour

Course Description:
The twentieth century, and particularly the second half of it, saw not only the increase in findings of natural science, but also the rise of claims that in certain areas scientific findings have supplanted traditional metaphysical reasoning. This amounts to the claim that in the debate between faith and reason the role of reason is taken by science. Faith, if it does not completely atrophy, is faith in science and not faith in God. The latest debates between faith and scientific reason, often of an extremely speculative turn, are new phases to old debates over the perennial question: Is the universe just there, or is there some explanation for its physical character, and for its very existence? In this course we will examine the literature of both classical Christian and classical Islamic theology and philosophy in order to see how these traditions address the relationship between science, faith, and reason. The goal of the course is neither religious dialogue nor a comparison of the two traditions. Instead we will consider what resources both traditions offer intellectuals today who see science, religion and philosophy as partners in the quest to understand human existence and the natural world. No prior knowledge of Islam is needed in order to take this course. This course will be conducted with the help of extracts from original works of medieval and contemporary Christian and Muslim writers on some scientific topics (mathematics, medicine, chemistry, astronomy, physics, etc.) in addition to classical treatments of faith and reason (whether from Justin Martyr's Dialogue with Trypho, Tertullian's The Prescriptions against the Heretics, Ghazali's Deliverance from Error, and The Incoherence of the Philosophers, Aquinas' Summa Theologica or John Paul II's Fides et Ratio and the writings of Muslim "neo-Mutazilites").


THEO 40854 - Section 01: Aquin&Scotus:Riv Cath Thinkers (CRN 29509)
Long Title: Aquinas & Scotus: Rival Catholic Thinkers
Professor Richard Cross

Course Description:
This course will cover some of the key points in the philosophical and theological thought of Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus, focusing on ways in which their systems contrast with each other on many significant issues. Topics to be discussed will include philosophical ones (some or all of the following: universals and individuation; identity and distinction; essence and existence; univocity and analogy; body and soul; cognitive theory; the freedom of the will; the grounding of the moral law; the existence and nature of God) and theological ones (some or all of the following: Trinity; Christology [hypostatic union and Christocentrism]; grace; sacraments). The texts will be studied in English, when necessary in translations provided by the instructor.


THEO 42286 - Section 01: LAC: Quran Relation to Bible (CRN 30129)
Long Title: LAC Arabic Discussion for "The Quran and Its Relation to the Bible"
Professor Gabriel Reynolds

Course Description:
Students who have completed at least three semesters (or the equivalent) of Arabic are eligible to sign up for an additional single credit discussion section as part of the Languages across the Curriculum (LAC) initiative in the College of Arts and Letters. Choosing this option means that students prepare the reading and a translation of selected portion of the Arabic Qur'anic text (this semester we will work on Sura 2) and attend each week the Qur'an Circle. The LAC section in Arabic associated with this course will be graded on a pass/fail basis and credited to the student's transcript.


THEO 43203 - Section 01: Joint Sem Phil/Theo: Darwin (CRN 24216)
Long Title: Joint Seminar in Philosophy and Theology: Darwin
Professor Matthew Ashley and Professor Grant Ramsey

Course Description:
Darwin's On the Origin of Species has had a profound effect, not just on biology, but also on how we think about ourselves, about human nature, religion, and morality. This class will begin by reading Darwin (the Origin and excerpts from Descent of Man), biographical material about Darwin's life, and some initial receptions of his work, particularly by Christian theologians. We will then embark on an exploration of the impact of Darwin's ideas, focusing on their theological and philosophical implications for teleological accounts of natural history that are amenable to claims of providential oversight, the argument from design, the nature of morality, progress, and theodicy. This class will provide a deeper understanding of the birth and context of Darwin's ideas and their on-going significance in the Twenty-first Century. Requirements include in-class participation (including occasional presentations), two out-of