IPS Summer Program in Rome
July 6 – 16, 2014
Graduate-level courses include on site visits to important sites and class time at the John Felice Rome Center. Evenings and weekends are free to explore Rome and the environs on your own.
CHRISTIAN ORIGINS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (IPS 416)
This course serves as an introduction to and an overview of the history and theology of the New Testament. The class explores the themes, messages, and theologies of the New Testament, with "field trips" to St. Peter's Basilica, St. Paul's outside the walls, the catacombs, the Colosseum, the house church of St. Clement, and other sites significant for the study of the New Testament in Rome. The New Testament truly comes alive when studied in the city of Peter and Paul
Brian Schmisek, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies
Christian Moral Theology and Ethics
This course in theological ethics and moral theology focuses primarily on the history of and methods used in ethical analysis and moral reasoning. The setting in Rome provides a unique opportunity to explore the storied tradition of Catholic moral theology and Christian discipleship through various historical contexts—from the catacombs to Pope Francis' Vatican. While the Roman setting lends itself to an emphasis on the Catholic tradition, it will also allow us to ask how different traditions and methods interface in the contemporary world.
Dr. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D. is the Graduate Program Director of the MA in Pastoral Studies at the Institute of Pastoral Studies.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY (IPS 545)
Christian spirituality (i.e., the ‘lived experience of Christian faith’) has its foundation in the Incarnation, God taking flesh in Jesus Christ. It has evolved with manifold expressions as Christ’s Spirit has been lived in specific social and cultural contexts. Thus, in the academic field of Christian spirituality we ask: “How have Christians lived their faith over the centuries? How are they living it today?” We will experience some of these lived expressions, from the monumental to the humble, in the history and art of Rome.
Stephen Krupa, S.J., Ph.D., is the Graduate Program Director of the MA in Spirituality program at the Institute of Pastoral Studies.
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