Tradition and Renewal in Contemporary Catholicism
Inspired by the four constitutions of the Second Vatican Council, our Theology sequence addresses their content and goals.
The courses in this sequence are taught by faculty from the School of Theology and Religious Studies and are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
*Students who have taken TRS 201 as part of their Honors Program First Year Experience may use it as a substitute for one HSTR course.
- HSTR 101: Scripture: God's Work in Human Hands
- HSTR 102: Liturgy and the Christian Life
- HSTR 203: The Church: Community and Institution
- HSTR 204: The Church in Dialog with Contemporary Culture
Scripture: God's Work in Human Words
An examination of the concept of God's self-revelation as disclosed in the story of Israel, Jesus, and the Church. The course will consider the nature of Sacred Scripture and study select texts from the Old and New Testaments that reveal how God's Word is disclosed in human words.
Liturgy and the Christian Life
An examination of the relationship between liturgy and the Christian life. The course will consider such topics as the ecclesial and ritual nature of liturgy, the sacramental roots of the Christian life, the role of scripture in the liturgy, and liturgy as a cultural reality.
The Church: Community and Institution
Why is the Christian life essentially one of community, and what kind of institutional organization is appropriate for this particular community? These were central questions addressed by Vatican II in its constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, and they remain central questions in ecumenical dialog seeking the unity of the Church today. This course will consider the life and shape of the Church at various points in its history, and the flourishing of study of the Church or 'ecclesiology' in the 20th century. It will closely examine the teaching of the Council itself and issues that have arisen in ecumenical discussion in recent decades on this topic.
The Church in Dialog with Contemporary Culture
This course is an examination of the Church in light of its dialog with the contemporary world in which believers live. The course will consider questions of spirituality, social ethics, and interreligious dialog.