SJC Courses at U of A

St. Joseph's College offers a variety of courses in Applied Ethics, Philosophy, Religious Education and Theology at the undergraduate level. There are specific courses in Religious Education for Faculty of Education students who intend to teach in Alberta Catholic Schools.
SJC courses are offered in-person, online, and in blended-learning formats.

Questions? Connect with us: sjcdean@ualberta.ca or 780-492-7682
Enroll on Bear Tracks!

Scripture and Theology

CHRTC 100 The Bible: An Introduction

★ 3 A study of the basic themes of the Christian Bible: creation and covenant; sin and evil; the biblical history of ancient Israel; the prophets and justice; the preaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; redemption and the emergence of the Church.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Kenneth Ristau
Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Blended-Learning Wednesdays 10:00 - 10:50am  |  Lorne Zelyck

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Kenneth Ristau
Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00 - 10:50am  |  Michael Gillingham

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 101 Catholicism: An Introduction

★ 3 An examination of Catholic Christianity, its history, institutions, rituals and theology.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 2:00 - 2:50pm  |  Fr. Warren Schmidt

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 264 Dimensions of the Christian Faith

★ 3 An introduction to the major dimensions of Christianity, such as revelation, faith, Scripture, God, and Jesus as Lord and Saviour, with reflection on each in light of contemporary human experience.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Michael Rogers

Note: This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 266 Jesus in the New Testament

★ 3 An examination of the historical Jesus and Christology through a study of the four Gospels, Paul, and later New Testament writers.

Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00 - 10:50am  |  Fr. Warren Schmidt

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 267 The New Testament Letters: An Introduction

★ 3 A theological and scriptural exploration of the central themes of the New Testament letters and their contemporary relevance.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Blended-Learning Tuesdays 11:00 - 12:20pm  |  Lorne Zelyck

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 354 The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

★ 3 An examination of the historical and theological accounts of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

CHRTC 355 The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Theological Perspectives

★ 3 Scripture, the moral life, systematic theology, social teachings, catechesis, the spiritual life in the Catechism. The relationship between the Catechism and Catholic theological development.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

CHRTC 358 The Gospel and Epistles of John

★ 3 An examination of the sources, historical setting, content, and theology of the Gospel and Epistles of John.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Science & Religion

CHRTC 150 Introduction to Science & Religion Dialogue

★ 3 An overview of various approaches to positive relationships between science and religion. Topics are examined from philosophical, historical, theological, and scientific perspectives.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

CHRTC 350 Science and Religion: Christian Perspectives

★ 3 An examination of relationships between science and religion. Topics may include the Galileo affair, geology and Noah's flood, Darwin's religious beliefs, the evolution / creation debate, intelligent design, natural evil, and interpretations of Genesis 1-11.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Denis Lamoureux
Fall 2021  |  LEC 801  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Denis Lamoureux
Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Blended-learning Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:50am  |  Denis Lamoureux
Fall 2021  |  LEC A2  |  Blended-learning Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:50pm |  Denis Lamoureux

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Denis Lamoureux
Winter 2022  |  LEC 851  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Denis Lamoureux
Winter 2022 |  LEC B1  |  Blended-learning Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:50am  |  Denis Lamoureux
Winter 2022 |  LEC B2  |  Blended-learning Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:50pm |  Denis Lamoureux

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

For more information on this class, please see www.ualberta.ca/~dlamoure/

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

Religious Education

CHRTC 250 The Theological Education of the Catholic Teacher

★ 3 An examination of the components that make up the education of the Catholic teacher. Issues include creedal statements, the moral and social teachings of the Church, liturgical practices, a general theology and theory of Catholic education.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Doris Kieser
Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Blended-Learning Mon/Fri 10:00 - 10:50am  |  Sandy Talarico

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Doris Kieser
Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00 - 10:50am  |  Sandy Talarico
Winter 2022  |  LEC B2  |  Tues/Thurs 9:30 - 10:50am  |  Fr. Daniel Kuc

Note: This course is a requirement for students pursuing the Certificate in Catholic Education.

Note: This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 380 Teaching Religion: Elementary

★ 3 An introduction to Christian religious education for elementary schools, with an emphasis on pedagogy, child development and the religious education curriculum. Not to be taken by students with credit in CHRTC 381.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Sandy Talarico
Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Tues/Thurs 11:00 - 12:20pm  |  Dean Sarnecki

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Paul Corrigan
Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Tues/Thurs 11:00 - 12:20pm |  Dean Sarnecki

One of either CHRTC 380 or CHRTC 381 are required as part of the Certificate in Catholic Education.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 381 Teaching Religion: Secondary

★ 3 An introduction to Christian religious education for secondary schools, with an emphasis on pedagogy, adolescent and young adult development, and the religious education curriculum. This course is structured to support aspiring secondary teachers to develop an elective religious education program. Not to be taken by students with credit in CHRTC 380.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Paul Corrigan
Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Blended-Learning Thursdays 11:00 - 12:20pm  |  Matthew Hoven

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Bryan Clarke
Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Tues/Thurs 11:00 - 12:20pm |  Matthew Hoven

One of either CHRTC 380 or CHRTC 381 are required as part of the Certificate in Catholic Education.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 410 Integrative Learning in Catholic Education

★ 3 An integrative course on theory in Catholic education and course-based experiences in local schools. Historical, educational, and professional issues are examined through theological reflection.

Fall 2021  |  SEM A1  |  Reading Course Format  |  Dean Sarnecki
Winter 2022  |  SEM B1  |  Reading Course Format  |  Dean Sarnecki

** Please refer to eClass for first meeting date; subsequent meeting dates will be determined in class.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

Popular Culture

CHRTC 241 Catholicism and Popular Culture

★ 3 An examination of the relationship between Catholicism and popular culture, using both historical and contemporary examples. Use by Catholics of such popular media as print, film, video, TV, music and the internet. Catholic assessments of consumer culture and the mass media.

Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 11:00 - 11:50am  |  Jeffrey Brassard

Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in CHRTC 392.

Note: This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 242 The Writings of C.S. Lewis

★ 3 C.S. Lewis continues to hold remarkable appeal to a broad readership. His corpus of writings is wide-ranging, encompassing fantasy literature like the Chronicles of Narnia, to popular articulations of faith, such as Mere Christianity. This course seeks to explore the thought world of C.S. Lewis and critically evaluate the trajectory of his thought, as well as the popular reception of his works.

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Gerard McLarney

Note: This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 341 Contemporary Film and Christian Values

★ 3 A consideration of theological themes arising out of contemporary film. Themes may include relationships, family, gender, possessions, work freedom, violence, suffering, death, happiness, and hope.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Bryan Clarke
Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Jack Kelly

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 342 Tolkien: The Theology of Middle Earth

★ 3 The enigmatic and obscure Oxford philologist, J.R.R. Tolkien, produced a corpus of writings on the world of Middle Earth that has captivated countless readers. The cinematic renderings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have further popularized his works, yet readers and viewers alike are often surprised at the profound impression Tolkien's Catholic faith has made upon his writings. This course seeks to critically appreciate the artistic vocation and theological vision of J.R.R. Tolkien while exploring a major work of 20th century literature.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Gerard McLarney

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

Perspectives on Living Well

CHRTC 103 Introduction to the Roads of Happiness

★ 3 Great minds have long attempted to define the all-important human experience of happiness. But what does happiness mean? What are the mysteries of happiness? Is it possible to acquire more of it? This course examines various perspectives on happiness - psychological, philosophical, social, relational, theological and spiritual - and offers tools that can help cultivate happiness amidst the twists and turns of life's pilgrimage.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Online, Synchronous Thursdays 9:30 - 10:50am  |  Lorraine Smith-MacDonald

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 220 Sport and Religion

★ 3 This course will investigate the interaction between sport and religion in western societies, primarily from a Christian perspective. Students will explore content and methods which overlap in sport and religion, such as: transcendence, body/spirit unity, virtue and character development, gamesmanship vs sportsmanship, competition, violence, and play. Students will examine levels of engagement in sport and their interrelationship with spirituality and religion.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00 - 10:50am  |  Matthew Hoven
Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Jordan Robinson

Note: This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 303 Well-Being and Resilience: Christian Perspectives

★ 3 An examination of resilience and well-being through engagement with psychological, spiritual and Christian wisdom. Practical theology will offer a framework for enhancing self-awareness and resilience amidst life transitions and experiences.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

CHRTC 351 Sex, Love and Marriage: Christian Perspectives

★ 3 Questions of meaning and morality concerning sex, love, marriage, non-marital sex, parenthood, relationship and marriage breakup, celibacy, gender, and homosexuality, considered in the light of experience, the Bible, Catholic teaching, and traditional and contemporary theological discussion.

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Paul Flaman
Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Tues/Thurs 12:30 - 1:50pm  |  Mona-Lee Feehan

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 361 Death, Dying and Culture

★ 3 Facets of death and dying as they manifest in the Christian tradition and contemporary culture. Topics may include: faith and death, ritual, spiritual practices, caring for the dying, allowing to die, assisting in death, medical perceptions of death, social responses to death/dying, grief and mourning.

Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:50pm  |  Doris Kieser

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 390 Neuroscience, the Person and Christian Theology

★ 3 An interdisciplinary study of personhood and related topics: animal/human consciousness, body/soul, mind/brain, sexuality/gender, relationship issues, and religious/mystical experiences.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Paul Flaman

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 430 The Human Sexual Body: Christian Perspectives

★ 3 Historical and contemporary perspectives on the sexual body in Christian thought.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:50pm  |  Doris Kieser

Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in CHRTC 393.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 449 Field Placement in Christian Service

★ 3 Supervised work experience in approved Christian social agencies with seminars and a major paper integrating the theological literature with issues raised by social action and placement experiences.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Prerequisite: CHRTC 349 or consent of the College.

Spirituality

CHRTC 221 Indigenous Spiritual Traditions and Christianity

★ 3 An exploration of cross-cultural issues focusing on indigenous spiritual traditions and Christianity in Canada.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Blended-Learning Thursdays 12:30 - 1:50pm  |  Chrislain Kenfack

Note: This course counts towards the Certificate in Sustainability through the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.

Note: This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 292 Spirituality for Today's Christians

★ 3 An exploration of the role of prayer, leisure, and work within a Christian lifestyle, in the light of Scripture, Christian tradition, current theological reflection, and personal differences.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

CHRTC 372 The Theology and Spirituality of Eastern Christianity

★ 3 An exploration of the churches of the Christian East, including the Patristic era and early ecumenical councils, the schism between East and West, and contemporary Greek Catholic and Orthodox Churches, with special attention to the churches in Canada.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Reading Course Format  |  Fr. Daniel Kuc
** Please refer to eClass for first meeting date; subsequent meeting dates will be determined in class.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 391 Women's Spirituality in Contemporary Christianity

★ 3 An exploration of women’s experiences of God and the Christian life, as expressed in the history of spirituality, personal faith development, and contemporary culture. We will examine what particular women have done in Christian history, in the light of their own historical circumstances, and consider how contemporary Christian women are living and teaching their Christian spirituality. Over the course of the term, participants are invited to reflect on their own spiritualities in relation to women in Christian history and culture, as well as their own cultural and faith experiences.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Ethics and Moral Thought

CHRTC 272 Catholic Moral Thought: An Introduction

★ 3 A consideration of major themes in Catholic moral reflection, with application to contemporary issues: the meaning of morality and Christian conversion, the role of experience, the Bible, the Church, moral norms, the development of conscience, and personal responsibility.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Blended-Learning Tuesdays 9:30-10:50am  |  Doris Kieser

Note: Not open to students with credit in CHRTC 172.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 349 Social Justice and Christianity

★ 3 An examination of particular social justice issues related to the economy, women, indigenous peoples, the environment, etc., in light of Catholic social teachings and other Christian perspectives; social action strategies, and education for social justice.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 2:00 - 2:50pm  |  Indre Cuplinskas

This course counts towards the Certificate in Sustainability through the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Global Citizenship through the Faculty of Education.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies through the Faculty of Arts.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

An optional Community Service Learning opportunity will be available.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 352 Bioethical Issues: Christian Perspectives

★ 3 Reproductive and genetic technologies, abortion, transplantation, resource allocation, research, withdrawing treatment, personal directives and euthanasia, considered in light of human experience, Catholic Church teaching, other Christian perspectives, and contemporary ethical discussion.

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Paul Flaman

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 394 Business Ethics: Christian Perspectives

★ 3 A theological study of ethical issues in business settings, dealing with such themes as employer-employee relations, job security, advertising, distribution of wealth, acquisitive individualism, the common good, and decisions on ethical issues in light of contemporary Catholic teaching.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

CHRTC 396 Environmental Issues: Christian Perspectives

★ 3 A consideration of theological and ethical issues concerning our relationship to planet earth, including responsible stewardship, non-renewable resources, pollution, and the use of technology.

Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Tues/Thurs 12:30 - 1:50pm  |  Chrislain Kenfack

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Sustainability through the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 432 Current Theological Issues in Advanced Bioethics

★ 3 This course invites advanced understanding of Christian theological/ethical thought and action in the area of Healthcare Ethics. It assumes previous coursework in Bioethics from a Christian perspective and enhances exploration of issues based upon fundamental values at the heart of healthcare, for example, dignity, personhood and human nature, the common good, stewardship, relationship and autonomy, and creativity.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Prerequisite: CHRTC 352 or consent of the College.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

History and World View

CHRTC 347 World War II and Christians

★ 3 World War II is often seen as a great battle between good and evil. This course investigates Christian responses to this conflict through the actions, experiences and thoughts of individuals and churches. Topics include: Pope Pius XII—was he “Hitler’s pope” or a saint; the atheist Stalin’s use of Orthodoxy to rally Russians; theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s plot to assassinate Hitler; Christian responses to the Holocaust; Christian pacifists; and Christian collaborators.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

CHRTC 348 A History of Christianity in Canada

★ 3 An historical study of Christianity in Canada from contact until the present, paying particular attention to mission, church-state relations, ethnicity, and matters of belief and practice.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Philosophy

PHIL 209 The Human Person: Philosophical Issues

★ 3 An examination of personal identity, interpersonal relationships, sex and gender, freedom, and immortality in historical and contemporary contexts.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00 - 12:50pm  |  Charles Rodger
Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 11:00 - 11:50am  |  TBD

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

PHIL 239 Greek Philosophy and the Christian Tradition

★ 3 Issues concerning human beings, knowledge, ethics and society among Greek thinkers and their impact on Christian thought.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Note: Not available for credit with PHIL 139.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

PHIL 249 Medieval Philosophy and the Christian Tradition

★ 3 A survey of philosophy from the 5th to the 15th centuries, considering philosophers from the Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Tues/Thurs 9:30 - 10:50am  |  Matthew Kostelecky

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

PHIL 269 Moral Issues in a Christian Context

★ 3 An analysis and evaluation of selected moral and social issues.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

This course counts towards the Ethics Certificate through the Faculty of Arts.

PHIL 279 Philosophy of Hunting

★ 3 Older than humanity’s ‘oldest profession,’ hunting is a philosophically weighty practice that contemporary societies increasingly struggle to understand. This course critically examines the ethical, experiential, conceptual, environmental, and socio-political status of hunting, including topics such as animal rights, fair chase, environmentalism, subsistence vs. trophy hunting, human nature, predation, death, gender, race, religion and class.

Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Tues/Thurs 12:30 - 1:50pm  |  Nathan Kowalsky

This course counts towards the Ethics Certificate through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

PHIL 309 Augustine

★ 3 Philosophical issues in Augustine: their historical context, significance, and influence. The class will study the life and work of Augustine of Hippo (354-430), an incredibly prolific and profoundly influential thinker in the Western world. Exploration of his life and times, The Confessions, and select writings will help unravel the thought-world and perspectives of Augustine.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Prerequisite: At least 3 credits in PHIL or consent of the College.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

PHIL 319 Thomas Aquinas

★ 3 Prerequisite: At least 3 credits in PHIL or consent of the College.

Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Tues/Thurs 2:00 - 3:20pm  |  Matthew Kostelecky

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

PHIL 329 Natural Philosophy and the Christian Tradition

★ 3 A critical study of physical reality, dealing with such concepts as nature, scientific knowledge, space, time, causality, biological life, and teleology, in traditional and contemporary contexts.

This course is not offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

PHIL 339 Contemporary World Views and Christianity

★ 3 A critical study of Christianity in dialogue with such worldviews as atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, materialism, existentialism, feminism, liberalism, and postmodernism.

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Bryan Clarke

This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

PHIL 399 Religious Existentialism

★ 3 This course counts towards the Certificate in International Learning through the Faculty of Arts.

Winter 2022  |  LEC B1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00 - 12:50pm  |  Charles Rodger

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

Special Topics Courses (2021-22 academic year)

Students may take multiple special topics courses.

CHRTC 203 (LEC 800) Principles of Biblical Interpretation

★ 3 The Bible is the standard for faith and practice, yet it is a book that is highly susceptible to misinterpretation and Scripture twisting—both accidental and intentional. This practical study of the science of biblical interpretation will equip students with rudimentary skills to recognize and interpret properly the various genres of Scripture and to avoid the various pitfalls of poor biblical interpretation.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 800  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Brian Glubish
Winter 2022  |  LEC 851  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Brian Glubish

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 203 (LEC A1) Harry Potter and Christian Spirituality

★ 3 This course aims to bring the student to a greater appreciation of literature and film as a medium for the way the human person, the community, and the divine are interpreted and their role within our society, faith, and Church. Specifically, we will look at Harry Potter, the most popular fantasy work in several decades. We will explore the films and refer to the novels through literary, scriptural story, the hero’s journey and spiritual themes of Christian faith.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Mon/Wed/Fri 11:00 to 11:50am  |  Bryan Clarke

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 203 (LEC 850) The Persistence of Religious Faith

★3 Why does religious belief persist in our modern age? Has not science made religion moot? Furthermore, why would a highly intelligent person choose to be religious at a time in history when there is seemingly no societal pressure to do so? And, why continue to be religious when faith in science is waxing and religious practice is waning? In this class we will look at selected works of C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton and explore the themes of joy, drama, and romance. C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957), G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) but Chesterton was influence both in style and faith.

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Timothy Nelson

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 203 (LEC B2) God & Kings in Chronicles

This course focuses on the nature of biblical historiography through an in-depth study of the Book of Chronicles. In addition to a close reading of the biblical text, and its analysis through different methodological lenses, students will explore the purpose and function of the portrayal of God and Judean kings in Chronicles.

Winter 2021  |  LEC B2  |  Blended-Learning Wednesdays 1:00 - 1:50pm  |  Kenneth Ristau

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 309 (LEC 801) Iliad, Beowulf, and Marvel

★ 3 This course offers a theological investigation of mythology and considers select myths from ancient, medieval, and contemporary times. Beginning with Homer’s Iliad, an epic characterized as a “poem of force” which witnesses to the unwieldy madness of eros and war and its impact upon the human spirit, our study seeks to unfurl the terrain where the stories of gods and humanity overlap and its theological significance. Particular attention is given to the dynamism between power and love, fidelity and sacrifice, freedom and fate as well as betrayal and redemption. Articulation of said themes in Beowulf as well as within contemporary comic book heroes from the respective DC and Marvel worlds are also explored and placed into dialogue with the Christian intellectual tradition.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 801  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Gerard McLarney

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 309 (LEC 802) Flannery O'Connor: Sin & Pride

★ 3 Flannery O’Connor’s lived most of her life in rural Georgia during the early and middle parts of the 20th century. She was a thoroughly rural writer in an art dominated by urban writers. Superficially, her work appears folksy to the urban modernist. She was a Catholic writer in Bible-belt territory. A careful analysis of her works reveals deep theological truths and contrasts between Catholicism and the American Protestantism. Her characters satisfy, and go beyond, our expectations of stereotypical southern personalities. Themes such as the fall, sin, and redemption, are abundant in her works. It is when we see, not only ourselves bound by these themes, but alive in her characters, that we begin to understand her genius.

Fall 2021  |  LEC 802  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Timothy Nelson

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

 

CHRTC 309 (LEC 850) Star Wars, The Hunger Games & The Bible

★ 3 A consideration of select biblical themes in relation to the science-fiction fantasy works of The Hunger Games and Star Wars. The dystopian future of The Hunger Games and arcane universe of Star Wars offer glimpses of imaginative possibility and contemporary theological reflection. These popular works also provide overlap with various themes developed in biblical literature, such as faith, trust, freedom, self-sacrifice, and hope. Utilizing these themes as an interpretive lens, we will explore their significance for the characters and worlds within the texts, as well as their relevance for readers today.

Winter 2022  |  LEC 850  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Gerard McLarney

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

CHRTC 309 (LEC 851) Human Frailty and Divine Hope

★ 3 This course considers themes of sin, human frailty, hope, and redemption in selected works of Graham Greene. Graham Greene is generally considered the greatest Catholic novelist of the 20th century (1904-1991). Many of his books have been made into movies, including Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair, and The Quiet American. He was not well received by all the Catholic world. His book, The Power and the Glory, was condemned by the Holy Office. In an audience with Pope Paul VI, Greene asked why this had happened. The pope’s response was “Mr. Greene, some parts of your book are certain to offend some Catholics, but you should pay no attention to that.” Greene’s novels are replete with sin, moral ambiguity, and sorrow. This should not surprise us; for, collectively and individually we know sin, moral ambiguity, and sorrow. The novels in this course do not deny our reality, nor do they provide a white-washed solution. What these novels do is accept us the way we are and offer, no matter how dire our circumstances may be, divine hope.

Winter 2022  |  LEC 851  |  Online, Asynchronous  |  Timothy Nelson

Enroll on Bear Tracks!

PHIL 359 (LEC A1) Evil and Divine Alterity

★ 3 Evil makes us doubt the existence or goodness of God. Goodness is also often associated with gentleness or impotence whereas evil evokes power and rage. So what is evil, and how is it related to God’s goodness or power? Is God a weakling or a dangerously wild thing? Why is the world such a rough place? This course will examine questions concerning evil and divine otherness that go beyond the basic problem of evil towards the theme of axiological transcendence in both nature and the holy.

Fall 2021  |  LEC A1  |  Tues/Thurs 12:30 to 1:50pm  |  Nathan Kowalsky

Enroll on Bear Tracks!