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An inter-faith book sharing project

From their earliest recorded moments Christians have celebrated their faith in the risen Lord Jesus with a meal which was both physical and spiritual.  This course examines the development of this uniquely Christian ritual meal tracing its roots from the earliest biblical record through its late antique, medieval and modern forms.  We will also explore the varied Eucharistic theologies and liturgical expressions evident in contemporaray Christian communions today, but special attenetion will be paid to the theological and historical dimensions connected with the Eucharistic practice as evidenced in the Roman Catholic Mass. Half-Course  (Option to upgrade to full credit with additional readings and coursework to be specified by the instructor).

With its focus upon key, dynamic figures from the history of the Christianity, the course explores the contributions these figures made to the theological tradition we have inherited and the challenges they pose for theology and ministry today. Close reading of selections by: Ignatius of Antioch, Egeria, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena and her women contemporaries, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, John Henry Newman, Edith Stein, and Karl Rahner.

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