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An inter-faith book sharing project

This course is designed to acquaint the beginnning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today. We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history. We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today's world.

Introduction to lectionary-based preaching in eucharistic and other liturgical settings, considering the tools and resources for homily preparation, the meaning of the liturgical calendar, and the nature of the Liturgy of the Word. A preaching practicum is included.

In every age the Church is called to spread the Gospel message. This course explores the contemporary culture of new technologies and social media networks and their implications for missionary discipleship.  It examines key themes from recent Church teachings on evangelization and encounter, in particular those of Vatican II, Bl. Pope Paul VI, St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.  It provides practical methods and insights into the question: How can we increase the effectiveness of our work in spreading the Good News by using the tools of the 21st century social communication?

The course explores the term "spirituality" and looks at various spiritualities within the Catholic tradition.  They will include the spirituality of St. Ignatius, Thomas Merton, the mystics, and those considered to be Twentieth-Century Apostles.  This course is offered in the hybrid format. Students will meet with the professor face-to-face three times in the course of the semester; the rest of the work will be done online using Moodle.

An introduction to the history and literature of the Christian movement iin the first and second enturies with particular attention to the New testament in regards to literary components, composition facets, theological themes, and interpretive principles.


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