Course Catalogue 2017-2018

Global Perspectives on Violence Against Women - Cancelled on Aug 9, 2017

EMP5601HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Couture, Pamela D.

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

CREDITS: One Credit

The course will review the international effort to resist violence against women; the challenge of the discourse of human rights and different cultural narratives; the efforts of organizations, including the United Nations, the World Council of Churches, and other NGOs; the history of resistance and complicity and of the church; and pastoral issues in responding. Methods include some lecture, seminar discussion, research, case study.

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Faith and Culture

RGT5601HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Dadosky, John D.

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 16:30 to 18:30

CREDITS: One Credit

The purpose of this course is to survey the contemporary trends in the theology of faith and culture with an emphasis on mission, dialogue, interculteration, and the emergence of contextual theologies. A major portion of the course will focus on understanding the paradigm shift from a classicist notion of culture to one that has given rise to the various contextual approaches and the so-called "World Christianity(ies)." We will survey some of the various models, methods, and issues involved in this paradigm shift. The course will also highlight certain tensions arising from this context such as the local-universal church tension, the dialogue-evangelism tension, the interculturation-syncretism tension, and the question of the theology of religions.

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Theological Ethics Doctoral Seminar

RGT5621HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Berkman, John R.T.

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This seminar will focus on the writings of Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant that have been and continue to be seminal texts for the contemporary discipline of moral theology/theological ethics. The goal will be to understand their conceptions of human happiness, the nature of morality, the means (actions, virtues, sin, law, grace, friendship) by which one pursues happiness or lives morally. We will also attend to their understanding of the individual and political society. While we will focus on primary sources, students will also be introduced to key interpretations of Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant by contemporary moral theologians.

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The Passion Narratives

SMB5622HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Kloppenborg, John S.

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

PRE-REQUISITES: Knowledge of Greek CREDITS: One Credit

This course examines the accounts of the passion and death of Jesus in their original historical and literary contexts. Topics include: Roman and Jewish judicial procedures; crucifixion and burial in the ancient world; the editorial tendencies of the gospel writers; incipient anti-Judaism in the gospels; conceptual trajectories of the passion narratives.

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Cross-cultural Religious Thought

TRT5671HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 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.

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With/Out Reason: Art and Imagination in the Western Tradition

ICH5752HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Smick, Rebekah

COLLEGE: Institute for Christian Studies SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 13:45 to 16:45

CREDITS: One Credit

This seminar will explore the special relationship of the arts to the concept of the imagination in the history of Western thought. It will also consider the implications this relationship was had for art's role in the areas of theology and ethics, areas in which reason has been thought to fail in providing adequate knowledge.

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Religious Pluralism as Theological Challenge

TRT5867HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Khan, Abrahim H.

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Challenges of religious pluralism to Christianity appearing from outside Christianity, and responses to it. How do other world religious traditions think about Christianity or religions for that matter? What are the theoretical problems of religious pluralism and the response to them from within Christianity?

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Biography and Thought: Study of Muhammad the Prophet

EMT6101HS L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Reda, Nevin

COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The course will undertake a detailed study of Prophet Muhammad's biography in the light of the Qur'anic revelation and religious thought that became foundational for the development of legal-ethical and theological traditions. Students will study the life of the Prophet and relate it to his spiritual as well as temporal experience to investigate political theology of Islam. Our approach will be that of History of Religions (phenomenology), that is, aiming at a fuller understanding of the meaning of the concepts like "Apostle of God," "Seal of the Prophets," "The Mother of the Book," and so on, for individual Muslims and for Muslim thinkers over the centuries. In order to accomplish this task, students will study the entire Qur'an, in conjunction with the biography of the Prophet.

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The Book of Common Prayer

TRP6120HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Billett, Jesse

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 13:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

After the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), in its various revisions, is the most important foundational text of Anglican Christianity; Often praised for its literary beauty and influence, it has nevertheless become unfamiliar or even offensive to Anglicans who worship mainly with new liturgies produced in recent decades; This course will explore the sources and historical development of the Prayer Book tradition from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, the BCP's importance in the history of doctrinal controversy and Anglican identity, and how the BCP's liturgies have been variously received and interpreted over time, including critiques by modern liturgical scholarship; Major themes: the Bible and worship; liturgical language; the sacraments; sin and repentance; individual and community; ecclesiology and ecumenism; the BDP and churchmanship.

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Matter, Body, and Gender in the Thought of Hildegard of Bingen, Bemardus Sylvestris

ICH6153HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2017 INSTRUCTOR(S): Sweetman, Robert

Basic degree students enrol in ICH3153HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This course explores the themes of matter, body, and gender In selected works of Hildegard of Bingen, Bemardus Sylvestris, Alan of Litle and Thomas Aquinas. It explores the use of myth or religious story within the construction of theoretical understanding. It does so in terms of the "story of origin" as It comes to expression within the Latin Christian world of the twelfth century in schooled creation poems and in contrast to the thematization of creation in the contemporary monastic discourse of Hildegard of Bingen and the scholastic thematizations of the next century represented by Thomas Aquinas.

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