Course Catalogue 2015-2016

The Divine (at) Risk? Open Theism, Classical Theism, and Beyond

ICT6730HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Ansell, Nicholas

Basic degree students enrol in ICT3730HF

COLLEGE: Institute for Christian Studies SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 9:30 to 12:30

CREDITS: One Credit

Did God take a risk in creating the world? How are divine and human freedom related? Can we confess God's sovereignty in the face of evil? This course will explore the different ways in which the God of history is viewed by advocates and critics of ((Open Theism." Our examination will stimulate our own reflections on how we might best understand and, indeed, image God's love, knowledge and power.

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Charles Taylor and the Religious Imaginary in A Secular Age

ICT6733HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Kuipers, Ronald

COLLEGE: Institute for Christian Studies SCHEDULE: Thu

CREDITS: One Credit

The notion of a "social imaginary" -the way people come to understand their social surroundings by way of images, stories, and legends-has come to play a key role in Charles Taylor's thought. This is especially true of his most recent book, A Secular Age, in which Taylor attempts to trace the historical development of Western secularism as we experience it today. This seminar will be devoted to an in-depth study of this intellectual tour de force. Through this study, seminar participants will also consider what role Taylor's Roman Catholic religious commitment plays in his thought, as well as the role a religiously-informed "social imaginary" might play in a luralized global society that is deeply impacted by, but also largely at odds with, the particular social imaginary of Western modernity.

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Beauty: Theology, Ethics or Aesthetics

ICH6757HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Smick, Rebekah

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COLLEGE: Institute for Christian Studies SCHEDULE: Tue

CREDITS: One Credit

Is beauty simply in the eye of the beholder or is it something more? Is it a way to God, a moral precept, or the specific locus for a unique kind of pleasure? This course examines a variety of subjective and objective views of beauty in the history of Western philosophy and theology from antiquity to the present (e.g. in the thought of Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Weil, Barth, and Balthasar). It will also consider the implications of these views of beauty for the production of the visual arts, music, and literary culture in Western religion and society.

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Spirituality and Christian Life in the New Testament

RGB6821HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Lewis, Scott M.

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The NT offers a vision of a renewed and transformed humanity. We will explore the various models of the spiritual and ethical life implied in this vision that are found in the four gospels, the Pauline letters, and the Pastoral Epistles. Special attention will be given to the first-century social and political context, especially that of the Roman Empire and its ideology. Issues of personal transformation, apocalyptic spirituality, ecstatic experience, prayer, violence, sexuality, gender, and exclusivity will be explored. Requirements: Assigned readings, participation (depending on class size), one 10-page final paper. No exams. Three books will be assigned as basic texts. Additional readings will be on reserve in the library.

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Comparative Method in Theology and Religion

SMT6855HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Locklin, Reid B.

Basic degree students enrol in SMT3855HF

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 17:00 to 19:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Few methods have been more foundational to the scholarly study of religion, or more subject to searching criticism, than the practice of comparison. This seminar offers an advanced introduction to comparative method in the contemporary academy by means of a close study of 4-6 significant comparative projects published in the last decade. Examples will be drawn from different sub-disciplines of theology and religion, including but not limited to ritual studies, philosophy of religion, comparative theology and/or ethnography. Students will engage various foundational questions of comparative method, including the presuppositions of the comparativist, the skillful construction of comparative examples, and the role of theory.

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Christianity & World Religions

RGT6863HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S):

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

In the contemporary world, ecumenism must include dialogue between Christianity and world religions. This course will examine not only Christian attitudes to world religions, but also attitudes of world religions to other belief systems. Lectures, discussion, paper.

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Reading Scripture Through the Ages

WYB6910HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2015 INSTRUCTOR(S): Taylor, Marion Ann

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course traces the history of the interpretation of the Bible from the time of the early church to the present. We will examine major figures and major forms of biblical interpretation and also give attention to a consideration of popular and forgotten voices. The course will include lectures, small group discussions and presentations. Each student will do a class presentation and submit a final paper.

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