2017-2018 University Catalog 
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REL 260 - Seminar in the Christian Tradition

Credits: 3

An introduction to perduring issues in Christian theology and ethics through study of one or more of the classical Christian theologians. Fall 2017 topic: Christian Mysticism and Visionary Traditions, exploring diverse Christian sources from antiquity to modernity with a focus on experiences and expressions of the “presence of God,” the “Ground of Being,” the “wholly other,” the “beatific vision,” etc. Course materials include primary sources from mystics and visionaries and secondary readings exploring theories about mystical experience. Near the end of the course, students consider contemporary and even secular expression in poetry and music that points to the mystical without using traditional theological language. A field trip to a monastery helps to contextualize some themes we encounter in the course.


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