Course Catalogue 2016-2017

Ugaritic - Cancelled on May 24, 2016


COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Tue Online TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

PRE-REQUISITES: Two years of Hebrew CREDITS: One Credit

A seminar on the language and literature of Ugarit. Knowledge of biblical Hebrew or some other Semitic language is presupposed. The texts are prepared in advance and presented by the students, with attention to grammar and syntax, and with consideration of literary and religious questions, from an historical and comparative point of view, and with reference to all the relevant scholarly literature.

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Ferment in Pneumatology

WYT5321HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Radner, Ephraim

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will focus on the crucial developments of the 18th century in pneumatology as a way of examining the radical innovations in pneumatology of the modern era in contrast to early- and pre-modern understandings of the Holy Spirit. In particular, the shift of interest in 18th-century to "pneumatic" religion, both among Christian and anti-Christian apologists, will be studied in the context of the Church's own specific historical challenges in this era. Readings will be drawn mainly from English and German writers in an effort to understand better the constraints of comtemporary pneumatology in contrast to the less systematic and particularistic construals of the Holy Spirit and his work in the pre-modern periods.

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Research Methods

SMJ5500HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Dias, Darren

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course explores the distinctive contents, methods, and interests of traditional theological disciplines (biblical studies, church history, pastoral and systematic theology and ethics) as well as their interrelationships: What does each subdiscipline count as evidence?; How does it construct knowledge?; What cognate disciplines might extend its insights?; How does it engage the challenges, fears, and hope for the "globalized" world of the 21st century? Students will explore the task of theological research and writing through all its steps. Attention will be given to the use of scholarly research software and bibliographic tools, identification of appropriate methodology, and the value of interdisciplinarity.

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Lonergan and Sexual Morality - Cancelled on May 25, 2016


COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Fri TIME: 9:00 to 12:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Theological disagreements on particular moral issues often reflect underlying but unnoticed differences on the more general question of how a theologian properly makes any moral judgment. This course draws on the writings of Bernard Lonergan to explore both (i) that more general question and (ii) current theological disagreements on two particular issues of sexual morality, namely, contraceptive acts and homosexual acts. Previous familiarity with Lonergan's work is helpful but not required. Readings include selections from Lonergan's writings and Vatican documents.

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Readings in Augustine

TRT5530HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Neelands, David

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Examination of Augustine's writings against the Manichaeans, the Donatists, and the Pelagians.

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Lonergan's Method in Theology

RGT5578HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Dadosky, John D.

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The course introduces five aspects of advanced theological research through a critical reading of Bernard Lonergan's Method in Theology. Lonergan's methodological approach is exemplified and complemented by rhetorical analysis, genetic analysis, source reading, clarification by contrast and systematic reasoning.

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Ecumenical Missional Ecclesiology

KNT5651HS L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Fensham, Charles James

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will examine the development of Ecumenical Missional Ecclesiology in the 20th and 21st century with a focus on the dimensions of missional ecclesiology for the North American context. The course will explore the theological origins of ecumenical missional ecclesiology, the biblical and hermeneutical dimension of such theology, the present context and its relationship to such ecclesiology and the direction of ecumenical missional ecclesiology.

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Cross-cultural Religious Thought

TRT5671HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Khan, Abrahim H.

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

PRE-REQUISITES: A course in theology or philosophy of religion. CREDITS: One Credit

An examination of the idea of self in Hinduism and Islam through representative contemporary thinkers Rabindranath Tagore and Muhammad Iqbal respectively. How is self understood? What is its relation to the ideas of person and personal identity? What are the philosophical and theological presuppositions of the idea of self? Answers are supplemented by classical and other contemporary writings of the religious tradition in question, thereby accessing the worldview associated with that tradition. Introductory lecture, weekly student presentations and discussions or assigned readings.  

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Nietzsche, Foucault and the Genealogical Approach to the History of Philosophy

ICH5710HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Sweetman, Robert

COLLEGE: SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 9:30 to 12:30

CREDITS: One Credit

This seminar examines that philosophical approach to the history of philosophy that travels under the name of genealogy. It does so in terms of close readings of selected texts of the tradition's two major figures: Friederich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault against the backdrop of a number of ancient and medieval examples of protreptic rhetoric. It thereby attests the thesis that contemporary genealogy is the latest manifestation of the protreptic tradition in the history of philosophy, i.e., a deliberative rhetoric designed to exhort recipients to turn (convertere) from harm to health, from falsehood to truth, from the base to the noble.

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Myth/Religion, Theology, and Science in the "Academy" - Cancelled on Jun 27, 2016

TRT5741HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Wiebe, Donald

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course will trace what one might call the "back history" to the emergence of the study of religion as a modern scientific enterprise as it emerged in the latter part of the nineteenth century as preparation for understanding the conditions that underlie a proper study of religious thought and behaviour in the context of the modern research university. This will include a review of the cognitive capacities that made the emergence of science as a cultural value possible, as well as a review of the prehistory and historical development of the scientific enterprise that essentially defines the nature of the modern research university.

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