Fall 2018

Mishawaka, Indiana- Marian High School

Eschatology: THEO 64837
Todd Walatka

Fridays | 5pm-9pm | August 24th, September 21st, October 19th
Saturdays | 8am-5pm | August 25th, September 22nd, October 20th

"Eschatology," the study of the "last things" and includes theological reflection upon the realities of death, judgment, heaven, hell, purgatory, and the consummation of all God's creation in the life of God. This course will explore the nature and scope of Christian hope historically and systematically. In the first half of the course we will focus most intensely on the doctrine of the resurrection of the body, analyzing the beginnings, historical developments, and practical implications of belief in the resurrection and how this belief shapes various dimensions of Christian hope. We will then turn to classical accounts of heaven, hell, and purgatory and contemporary engagements with important eschatological questions. Central questions for the course include the following: how do we imagine the final state for which we hope? Why hope for the resurrection of the body and not just the immortality of the soul? How do the Church's teachings on eschatology impact another aspects of Christian thought and the living of the Christian life?

Summer 2018

Jerusalem, Israel -Tantur Ecumenical Institute

The Holy Land: THEO 64210 Syllabus
Gabriel Reynolds
May 28, 2018 - June 4, 2018

In our course we will travel to the Holy Land and discover its place in the religious ideas of Christians and Muslims.  During our time in the Holy Land we will both study Christian and Islamic texts and witness in person the geography and archeology of sites important to Christian and Islamic history.  The first half of the course is focused on the classical period of the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus through the early Islamic era.  We will examine the vision of the Holy Land in the New Testament, the early Christian reception of Jewish veneration for the land of Israel, the triumph of the Byzantine Church, the Islamic conquest of Palestine, and the meaning of the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa mosque.  During the second half of the course we will turn to the Crusades and the modern period.  We will examine the rise and fall of Crusader States, the centuries of later Islamic rule, and the popular literature, religious pamphlets and websites and social media of the Muslim and Christian faithful today.  Through our studies we will both examine the place of the Holy Land in Christian-Muslim Relations, and reflect theologically on the meaning of the Holy Land to the Church.

If you'd like to learn more about Tantur, here is the Institute brochure tantur_brochure.pdf

Those interested in going to Tantur should submit an application. The application deadline is January 23, 2018.  Theo Apply Now