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  • RS-101

    Introduction to Religion

    An examination of the uniquely human phenomenon of religion. What is the experience and what are its manifestations? A look at the relationship of religion to the question of meaning in life (questions of self, of social concern, of death) and a look at religious responses in doctrine (what is said about God and man), in social concern (how to live this world view), in worship (how to manifest and reinforce this view of life). A research paper will be required of juniors and seniors in this course.
  • RS-102

    Religious Quest for Meaning

    This course will ask students to look at the common human experience of searching for meaning and the variety of responses given to this common search. Responses of significant religious thinkers and traditions will be examined.
  • RS-106

    Person and Work of Christ

    Is Jesus really human? How can He be divine and human at the same time? What does Jesus mean to Christians today? What has He meant to Christians in the past? The course will deal with these questions and with the issues behind them.
  • RS-107

    Jesus: Myth & Reality

    Is Jesus really human? How can He be divine and human at the same time? What does Jesus mean to Christians today? What has He meant to Christians in the past? The course will deal with these questions and with the issues behind them.
  • RS-108

    Theology IV:Social Justice

    This course challenges students to explore the application of Catholic social teaching to today?s world. As such, seniors will learn theology both within the classroom setting and on their own through independent research and experience outside of the classroom. Each quarter the students will write a paper on the issue that they have chosen to explore over the course of the year. They will then integrate their classroom learning with their research, thereby producing papers which together comprise the mid-semester and final exam grades. Finally, they will develop a plan of action for justice and put their learning into practice.
  • RS-110

    Techniques: Spiritual Growth

    The aim of this course is to help the student unlock potential for religious awareness. The student will appropriate the religious dimension of human experience firsthand by learning and practicing specific techniques, including meditation, focusing, visualization, and body awareness, practiced in a context that considers alternative models of holiness.
  • RS-112

    Concept of Love

    An exploration of the various forms of love: friendship, romantic love, and Christian love with texts from a variety of authors.
  • RS-130

    Cultivating the Inner Spirit

    This one-credit course aims to enhance students' inner lives by examining spiritual practice from both eastern and western faith traditions. Through exploring questions of meaning and purpose and offering experiences for connecting with their inner selves, the course aims to promote spiritual growth and provide participants with tools for maintaining one's sense of centeredness in the midst of our fast-moving world. Reading, reflection, and active participation are the essential components of this course.
  • RS-201

    Old Testament

    This course features a study of the sacred writings of the Jewish tradition with emphasis on the historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds of the writings. Questions to be considered include: What is the historical message of the Bible? What is its religious message? Does the Bible have a message for today?
  • RS-202

    New Testament

    This course features a study of the New Testament, including Gospels and Epistles, with stress on contemporary understanding taking into account the historical, cultural, literary, and religious backgrounds of these writings.
  • RS-206

    Comparative Religion

    This course offers thematic study of religion which compares and contrasts alternative views of God, human liberation, origins, morality, worship, and organization.
  • RS-208

    Stories of Belief

    This course is a consideration of autobiographical writings which manifest lived experiences of religious belief. The material will focus on questions of self, freedom, love, loneliness, death, and social responsibility.
  • RS-211

    Religion and Society

    This course asks students to study the social dimension of religion, including the role of community, of ritual, and the responsibilities of love and justice toward society at large.
  • RS-215

    Catholicism: Cont. Persp.

    This course offers a study of key topics in Catholic theology: God, Jesus, church, and worship. Emphasis will be placed on a contemporary understanding of Catholic thought in light of its historical sources. Particular attention will be paid to the question of the Church's place in the modern world and the challenges it faces in such forms as pluralism, feminism, and secularism.