J-Term 2015 Courses

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THEO 101 - 01 Christian Theo Tradition - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MHC 203
CRN: 10092 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Frederick W. Nairn This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

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THEO 101 - 02 Christian Theo Tradition - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 201
CRN: 10052 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mark J. McInroy This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

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THEO 101 - 03 Christian Theo Tradition - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 JRC 414
CRN: 10312 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mark J. McInroy This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

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THEO 205 - 01 Old Testament - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 233
CRN: 10088 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul V. Niskanen An intensive reading and discussion of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew scriptures. The course investigates methods of biblical interpretation and the literature and theologies of the Israelite people in their ancient Near Eastern context. In addition, this course explores the Old Testament as a foundational document for the Jewish and Christian traditions (both ancient and modern) in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship and in the articulation of moral principles. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 210 - 01 New Testament - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 108
CRN: 10053 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Landry This course involves the student in an intensive historical, literary and theological reading of major portions of the New Testament in the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts and from the perspective of modern methods of biblical interpretation. In addition, the course explores the New Testament as a foundational document for modern Christian traditions in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship and in the articulation of moral principles. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 210 - 02 New Testament - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 106
CRN: 10089 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan E. Myers This course involves the student in an intensive historical, literary and theological reading of major portions of the New Testament in the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts and from the perspective of modern methods of biblical interpretation. In addition, the course explores the New Testament as a foundational document for modern Christian traditions in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship and in the articulation of moral principles. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 210 - 03 New Testament - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 247
CRN: 10235 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan E. Myers This course involves the student in an intensive historical, literary and theological reading of major portions of the New Testament in the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts and from the perspective of modern methods of biblical interpretation. In addition, the course explores the New Testament as a foundational document for modern Christian traditions in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship and in the articulation of moral principles. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 215 - 01 Christian Morality - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 MHC 203
CRN: 10093 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Robert C. Koerpel This course is an introduction to the principles, methods and topics of Christian theological ethics. The following themes will be addressed: the relation of Christian faith to moral reflection and decision making (both individual and social); the contribution of the Christian tradition to the understanding of the human person (including freedom, sin, conscience, character and grace); the role of the believing community in its relation to culture; and the connection of worship and spirituality to the Christian moral life. Some application will be made to selected issues in personal, professional and social ethics. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 215 - 02 Christian Morality - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 118
CRN: 10253 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Thomas J. Bushlack This course is an introduction to the principles, methods and topics of Christian theological ethics. The following themes will be addressed: the relation of Christian faith to moral reflection and decision making (both individual and social); the contribution of the Christian tradition to the understanding of the human person (including freedom, sin, conscience, character and grace); the role of the believing community in its relation to culture; and the connection of worship and spirituality to the Christian moral life. Some application will be made to selected issues in personal, professional and social ethics. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 420 - 01 Christian Bioethics - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 MHC 208
CRN: 10304 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Wojda This course examines the contributions of Christian faith to reflecting upon, understanding, and resolving issues and ethical questions raised by revolutionary developments in the life sciences, e.g. innovation birth technologies, genetic manipulation and control, human experimentation, the prolonging of life and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course and PHIL 115

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THEO 421 - 01 Theologies of Justice & Peace - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 JRC 246
CRN: 10272 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip E. Stoltzfus An examination of the views of various religions and ideologies on issues of justice and peace, with special attention to the Catholic and othe Christian teachings on such issues as war and peace, violence, economic justice, the environment, criminal justice, and social justice. Special attention is given to how fundamental presuppositions and principles of each group studied affect theif views on justice and peace, and contribute to or hinder dialogue and peaceful interaction with other groups. In addition to Christianity, students will study (at least) one far eastern worldview (e.g. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism), one tribal religion (Native American, African Tribal), Islam, and one secular worldview (e.g. Marxism, capitalism, secular humanism). Students are required to investigate one worldview in depth through a semester-long research project. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 423 - 01 Christian Marriage - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MHC 207
CRN: 10094 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Philip A. Rolnick This course is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 423 - 02 Christian Marriage - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 109
CRN: 10107 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary K. Twite This course is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 424 - 01 Christianity/World Religion - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 110
CRN: 10237 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elaine C. MacMillan This course is a comparison of the teachings and practices of Christianity with the teachings and practices of selected non-Christian religions, for example, American Indian (Lakota), Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The aim of the course will be to clarify similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions, to reflect on the problem posed by religious pluralism in modern culture, and to develop a Christian theology of world religions. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 424 - 02 Christianity/World Religion - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 MCH 110
CRN: 10313 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elaine C. MacMillan This course is a comparison of the teachings and practices of Christianity with the teachings and practices of selected non-Christian religions, for example, American Indian (Lakota), Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The aim of the course will be to clarify similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions, to reflect on the problem posed by religious pluralism in modern culture, and to develop a Christian theology of world religions. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 436 - 01 Chrstian Fath & Legal Profes - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 111
CRN: 10238 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Marguerite L. Spencer If to work is to share in the creative activity of God, then what specific challenge does the this pose for an attorney given the grinding realities of the legal profession? If to be a professional is to live out a tripartite relationship between self, client, and a higher standard, then how does an attorney determine, much less respond to such a standard? Through a close reading of a variety of theological texts, treaties, case studies and rules of professional conduct, this course will address these questions and, in so doing, attempt to fashion a paradigm for the Christian practice of law. Within this paradigm, emphasis will be placed on the meaning of justice, law, rights and responsibilities. An ethic of care that fosters the development of a compassionate world and a common life will be emphasized. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 451 - 01 Christianity & Nazism - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 MCH 230
CRN: 10239 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Hollerich This course studies both Catholic and Protestant Christianity in Germany from the First World War to the end of the Second World War. The basic theme is Christianity's relationship with its host culture, and the ways in which the churches, both theologians and lay people, understood that relationship, especially in its political dimension, amidst the crises that convulsed Germany in the twenties, thirties, and forties. Attention is given both to cases that demonstrate the conflict between Christianity and culture, and to cases in which the conflict was not acknowledged, whether through defects of character, theological blind spots, or political miscalculations. Prerequisite:THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 451 - 02 Christianity & Nazism - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 230
CRN: 10315 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael J. Hollerich This course studies both Catholic and Protestant Christianity in Germany from the First World War to the end of the Second World War. The basic theme is Christianity's relationship with its host culture, and the ways in which the churches, both theologians and lay people, understood that relationship, especially in its political dimension, amidst the crises that convulsed Germany in the twenties, thirties, and forties. Attention is given both to cases that demonstrate the conflict between Christianity and culture, and to cases in which the conflict was not acknowledged, whether through defects of character, theological blind spots, or political miscalculations. Prerequisite:THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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THEO 459 - 01 Theology & Environment - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MHC 209
CRN: 10311 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathaniel J. Van Yperen This course examines Christian theological and moral reflection on the relation between human activity and the natural environment. It will address environmental issues that are of mutual concern to theologians and the natural or social sciences; thus it will study scientific analysis along with theological perspectives. The course will also review contemporary practices and/or policies that address environmental problems. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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