Course Catalogue 2018-2019

Religious Pluralism as Theological Challenge

TRT5867HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 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? Discussions of selected readings and occasional lectures as appropriate.

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Deleuze and Early Christianity - Cancelled on Jun 26, 2018


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

CREDITS: One Credit

Adolf von Harnack imagined the origin of Christianity as a "timeless kernel" which, over the centuries, grew into a mighty tree. But Gilles Deleuze would argue that Christianity resembles a rhizome more than it does a tree. A rhizome possesses no pure beginnings and it resists all tree-like structures, favoring instead a nomadic system of growth. This course will explore the growth of early Christianity from a rhizomatic perspective, based on the theoretical tools of Deleuze and Felix Guattari, with whom he co-authored Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. Topics for discussion will include Christ groups as 'desiring-machines,' the 'body of Christ without organs,' apparatuses of capture, destratifying early Christianity, resisting forms of Capitalist social production through nomadism, the New Testament as several regimes of signs, becoming-woman, and how to start your own molecular revolution. If Christianity's claim that that it is derived from a "timeless kernel" impedes interfaith dialogue and global cooperation, then perhaps a Deleuzian rhizomatic theoretic will facilitate interfaith dialogue and new forms of planetary thinking.

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Methods for exploring Religious Experience

SMB5961HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Shantz, Colleen

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Acts of prayer, collective effervescence, ritual action, ecstatic experiences have all left a mark in early Judaism and Christianity. However, despite the importance of religious experience to these historical movements, scholarship has been reluctant to explore these phenomena in their own right. The course explores various methodologies, and the theories underlying them, as they are relevant to religious experience. Topics include ritual, emotion, metaphor, and identity. Together we will consider the relationship between the methods and our research questions. Although the examples in the course readings will be drawn primarily from Biblical and contemporary material, students are welcome to explore sources from other historical periods.

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The Book of Common Prayer

TRP6120HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Billett, Jesse

Basic degree students enrol in TRP3120HF

COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

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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Nature, Supernature & Miracle in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas

ICH6156HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Sweetman, Robert

Basic degree students enrol in ICH3156HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

This seminar examines Thomas Aquinas.

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Spirituality & Culture

RGP6214HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Williams, Geoffrey (Monty)

Basic degree students enrol in RGP3214HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 14:30 to 16:30

CREDITS: One Credit

This course intends to examin the dialogue betwen spiriryality and culture in a post-modern world. It will trace the development of faith from the end of the medieval period to the present time and show why the narratives of our time with regard to spirituality are situated in that historical context and how they affect a reading of and engagement in our world today. Students will be presented with (1) a knowledge of contemporary critical theory and praxis (2) development of research skills (3) an exposure to the main issues of contemporary faith and culture (4) an exposure of the ways these issues are dealt with in contemporary art/film/poetry (5) a way of appropriating their lives through interiority analysis. For BD students: class participation and papers. For AD students active , intelligent and focused class participation, short papers and a major paper.

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Basic degree students enrol in SMB3266HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

The course is designed to introduce a critical study of the book of Psalms, its problems and methods. It will combine an investigation into the structure, design and theology of the Psalter with the exegesis of many individual psalms. Careful attention will be paid to their forms and settings in life, particularly their place in ancient liturgies.

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Theological Anthropology - Cancelled on Aug 15, 2018

RGT6310HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Goulding, Gill K.

Basic degree students enrol in RGT3310HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 13:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

The human person in our contemporary culture has a fluid spectrum of interpretation. Biblical precedents suggest a certain Judaeo-Christian hermeneutic while cultural mores reference alternatives. This course looks to explore the Roman Catholic tradition in identifying the graced human person and contemporary papal guidelines stressing the inherent dignity of the human person. Accordingly, time will be spent considering biblical foundations and questions posed by the text of Genesis and the Noahic covenant. Aquinas and key documents from Vatican II assist our exploration. The question of whether we are discerning the human person or designing humans arises. Identity and the sense of self are important issues raised with reference to both the Qumran community and the work of Charles Taylor. Hans Urs von Balthasa's reclaiming of personhood and the ecclesial person bridges into consideration of the way in which contemporary papacies have identified the human person and the concomitant dignity of every human being made in the image of God.

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Doing Justice with Spirit - Cancelled on Aug 20, 2018


Basic degree students enrol in RGT3320HF

COLLEGE: Regis College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Theological perspectives and spiritual practices for integrating faith and the work for justice, peace and a healthy environment.

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Mission and Religious Pluralism

EMT6451HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2018 INSTRUCTOR(S): Reynolds, Thomas E.

Basic degree students enrol in EMT3451HF

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

CREDITS: One Credit

Taking into account recent paradigm shifts in the theology of mission, this course invites participants to consider the relationship of mission to biblical sources, culture and context, unity and diversity in the church, post-colonism and intercultural engagement, and especially religious pluralism. The goal is to foster critical theological reflection on how the church might best understand and embody its mission in a multifaceted and globalizing world situation today. Methodology: lectures/discussions. Evaluations are based upon a mid-term paper, final research paper, and class participation. Prerequisite: Completion of first credit group or Level II.

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