Course Description

Theology and Religious Studies

THRS 116 Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)

Fuller, R.

CRN 16        Limit 35 
M-F             9 – 11:50 a.m.           OH-225

A study of the Bible: its formation, historical character, primary themes, and interpretation.

THRS 119 Christianity and Its Practice (3)

Monge, R.

CRN 21               Limit 35
M- F                   1 – 3:50 p.m.                    CH-112

An introduction to Christian belief and practice through reflection on classic and contemporary expressions of the Christian life.

THRS 321 Afro-Latin Religions (3)

Espin, O.

CRN 40           Limit 25
M-F                9 – 11:50 a.m.                  OH-127

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 203 or THRS 358.

This course studies the three main religions of African origins in Latin America and the United States. Lukumí/Candomblé, Vodoun, and Umbanda are approached and interpreted from diverse perspectives: historical, cultural, theological, etc. Their formation and development are contextualized in the Latin American experience of slavery. Their contemporary significance is discussed.

THRS 331 Sexual Ethics in the Catholic Tradition (3)

Reimer-Barry, E.

CRN 20          Limit 25
M-F               9 – 11:50 a.m.        OH-227

Prerequisites: THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 202.

An examination of human sexuality from the perspective of the Roman Catholic tradition. After an introduction to Catholic ethical method, the course examines traditional and contemporary understandings of sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, love, and justice. This provides a foundation for consideration of moral norms regarding such issues as marriage, non-marital sex, LGBTQ sexuality, masturbation, pornography, birth control, prostitution, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.

THRS 366 The Problem of God (3)

Doak, M.

CRN 12                 Limit 25
M-Th (& Fri., 1/6)  9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.      OH-228

The questions “What is God?,” “Does God exist?” and “What does it mean to believe in God?” are investigated against the background of classical theism and modern thought.

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