THEO-019 Theology of Love
Fall for 2017-2018
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“We live with love as if we knew what it was about,” Jean-Luc Marion writes in Prolegomena to Charity. This course will engage the question of what love is about from a distinctively Christian theological perspective, reading both classic religious texts on love and 20th century theology, spirituality, and literature. An always present undercurrent in the course will be love’s response to evil, sin, and suffering—a response made most explicitly in the revelation of love upon Christ’s cross. We will focus special attention both on the relationship of human love with the love of God and on the idea of love as gift.
THEO-019-01 Bible and Social Justice
Spring for 2017-2018
This course focuses on issues of social justice within the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament as seen within their historical and cultural environments. Biblical texts will be considered in a generally chronological fashion, as determined by contemporary methods of historical literary criticism, with attention to both political and ideological concerns. Extra-biblical ideals such as those of the Code of Hammurabi and other ancient lawcodes will be examined with reference to the Torah, along with relevant texts of the wisdom literature – also ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian - but the emphasis will be on deuteronomic and prophetic criticisms and efforts at reform in the Hebrew Scriptures, on the teaching of Jesus and its aftermath as expressed in the Gospels, and on concerns for members of the community within the early Church, as witnessed by Paul’s Letters, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Letters of James, John, and the Book of Revelation. Issues of liberation and feminist theology relating to the biblical text will also be addressed.
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