2011 - Summer (July-August) - THEO 523 Selected Topics in Catholic Social Teaching: The New Evangelization on a New Planet: Living the Faith in the Face of Global Peril and Promise
In a world of ecological, economic and humanitarian shortfalls, how are we Catholics called to embody the Good News today? Our present circumstances do indeed demand a New Evangelization that is radically new, because they call for a faithful response to the prevalent spiritual corrosions of consumerism and atheism. The course will investigate what right practice is now demanding of us to preach.
This course will examine the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as well as the catechetical processes that accompany, support, and deepen the effects of these rites. The course will also explore various pastoral challenges involving the implementation of the rites.
Study of the letters of Paul will begin with a look at Paul himself, and then move to analysis of selected texts that focus on major theological and pastoral issues and their significance both in Paul's own day and in contemporary times.
We will explore the richness of John's gospel, looking at his literary style, his view of Christ, and his perspective on Christ's early followers. Particular attention will be given to the importance of John's gospel for spirituality and ministry.
The history of Salvation and the writing of the Bible: development of the Law, the Historical Books, the Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature.
An exploration of contemporary theories of human growth and development and the contributions that these theories offer to the understanding of religious development and the praxis of religious education.
Motion pictures have an increasingly significant role in shaping and defining our culture and society. As the lingua franca of our time, they have become the primary arena for discovering and debating important moral, cultural and religious issues. Through lectures, screenings, and discussions, students are encouraged to approach motion pictures on the assumption that they disclose truth in their own right and thus qualify as valid conversation partners in dialogue with the Christian faith.