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College of Arts and Sciences

Faith Traditions

The following courses address the theme of Faith Traditions, one of the seven institutional learning goals articulated in the Habits of Inquiry and Reflection (HIR). These courses are CAP-approved for the Faith Traditions and Advanced Religious Studies requirements. They are offered by the Department of Religious Studies.

Topics in Religious Studies, Spring 2024

Instructor: Hara Jun

Schedule: 5:05-6:20 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

An exploration of women in the Hebrew Bible and the roles they play in the biblical text in order to understand the gender dynamic and culture of the ancient Near East. A comparison of the idea of womanhood in antiquity with modern times.

Instructor: William Johnston

Schedule: 12:30-1:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday (250.02); 2-3:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday (250.03)

An exploration of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, a classic series in children's literature that delights adults as well. Beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, we will read the books in the series, dig into their theology, look at some critiques, discover implications for daily living and together enjoy these entertaining stories.

Instructor: Cyril Orji

Schedule: 12:30-1:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday

Students in this course will gain an understanding of the historical development of Christian doctrine, how this doctrine has been expressed and understood in Hellenistic and Roman cultures, the role of culture in theological attempts to understand the Christian faith and the implications of modern scientific understanding of culture in Christian evangelism.

Instructor: Abraham Rubin

Schedule: 2-3:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday (250.05); 3:35-4:50 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday (250.06)

This course traces the shifting perceptions of Jesus throughout Jewish history. It asks how writers, artists and theologians negotiated the boundaries of Judaism and reimagined Jewish identity by engaging with the figure of Jesus.

Instructor: Jean Cotting

Schedule: 9:05-9:55 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Examine the history and theology of the English Reformation, how the Church of England participated in the British Empire, as well as current issues within the Anglican Communion.

Instructor: Huili Stout

Schedule: 3:35-4:50 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

Students will explore the teaching and practice of Zen Buddhism through the guidance of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay). We will read Thay’s biography, the biography of the Buddha, Thay’s introduction to Buddhism and his translation of Buddhist sutras. We will also practice meditation together in and outside of class.

Instructor: Laura Eloe

Schedule: 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

How have the Church and the modern world shaped each other? Find out by exploring modern Catholic social teaching and doctrine through the lives of two inspirational 20th century Catholics.

Instructor: Renita Green

Schedule: 3:35-6:35 p.m., Monday

Theology as a lived practice transforms societies as well as individuals. This course will lead students through the process of developing a lens for justice and mercy, centered in the teachings of Jesus.

Instructor: Daniel Thompson

Schedule: 5:05-6:20 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

This course will focus on the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas (1224-74), one of the most significant thinkers in Catholic history. Students will examine his thought in its medieval context – including his dialogue with Jewish and Muslim philosophy – and look at the legacy of his work in the modern period.

Instructor: Nicholas Rademacher

Schedule: 3:35-4:50 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday

The “Camino de Santiago” (“Way of St. James”)  is a medieval Christian pilgrimage route traveled by countless pilgrims for many centuries, ending in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. This course will prepare students (academically, spiritually and practically) to make the pilgrimage in May in which they will travel approximately 150 miles on foot. Instructor permission required.


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