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John Felice Rome Center

Theo 186 Introduction to Religious Ethics

Summer 2014 - Session II

THEO 186: INTRODUCTION TO RELIGIOUS ETHICS

William French     SUMMER 2014, Session II

Rome Center, Loyola University Chicago

 

email: wfrench@luc.edu                                           773//508-2356)                                       

Class meetings: Tuesdays/Thursdays 8:30am-12:40pm Rome Campus

                

 Course Description. In this course we will examine religious ethics regarding war and peace and regarding ecological responsibility.  In the first half of this course we will examine Christian and Hindu traditions regarding the ethics of war, conflict and peacemaking.  We will explore the history of Christian thinking on pacifism, the just war theory and also crusader war.  Likewise we will attend to the rise of modern warfare with its rise of new powerful weapons systems that give rise to new moral challenges and issues in the conduct of war.  In the second section of the course we will examine the status of the contemporary scientific debates about the gravity of various ecological  trends--biodiversity reduction, pollution, population growth,climate change--as well as the cultural and ideological reasons behind the continuing marginalization of ecological issues in the popular culture.    Religion is a powerful shaper of ideas and human action and we will examine some of the resources in Judaism and Christianity that offer help for promoting efforts at peacemaking and ecological responsibility. 

 

 

Course Requirements

1/  Informed participation, responsible attendance, and reading of texts and taking good notes of class discussions and lectures. .

2/  There will be Integrative Field Trip paper based on an integration of the course readings and our class trip to Rome’s Jewish Ghetto.  This is worth 20% of the course grade.

3/  There will be three exams during the course.   The first will count 20%  It will be held on July 8th. The second and third will count for 30% each.  The second will be held on July 17th.  And the third will be held on July 25th.

 

FIELD TRIP to the Jewish Ghetto of Rome: There will be a supplemental fee for this field trip of roughly 25 Euro.  This will pay for our guide and admission to the Museum

              

Grading Scale

93-100    A             73-76.99   C

90-92.99 A-            70-72.99   C-

87-89.99 B+            67-69.99   D+

83-86.99 B              63-66.99    D

80-82.99 B-             60-62.99   D-

77-79.99 C+            below  60 F

 

 

Required Texts

 

Thomas Berry, The Great Work (New York: Bell Tower, 1999). Isbn 0-609-80499-5

 

Lester Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing To Save Civilization (NY: W.W. Norton, 2009). Isbn 978-0-393-33719-8

 

Gandhi, All Men Are Brothers (Continuum, 1980). 

 

US Catholic Conference, The Challenge of Peace  (Wasshington, DC: USCC, 1984). On line for free.

 

 

SESSIONS, CLASSES, TOPICS, READINGS

 

WEEK ONE

1)  Tuesday July 1   

THE ETHICS OF WAR AND PEACEMAKING

Faces of the Enemy:  The Psychology and Dynamics of Aggression

US Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: The Challenge of Peace Summary and Introduction from paragraphs 1-70 on Sakai resources  

Page.  Available on the web also

 

2)      Thursday July 3  

CHRISTIAN ETHICS ROOTED IN LOVE OF THE NEIGHBOR:

the Love Ethic of Jesus

US Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: The Challenge of Peace Paragraphs 71-79 on Sakai resources page and on the web.

 

GANDHI’S EXAMPLE OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE TO OPPRESSION

Gandhi selection “Autobiographical” on Sakai resources page

Gandhi selection “Ahimsa or the way of Nonviolence” on Sakai resources page

 

WEEK TWO

3)    Tuesday  July 8       

THE JUST WAR TRADITION: LIMITED USE OF FORCE

US Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: The Challenge of Peace, paragraphs                                                                               80-121

 

Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars  (selection) on Sakai

             ** Exam

 

4)    Thursday July 10        

FIELD TRIP to the Jewish Ghetto of Rome: There will be a supplemental fee for this field trip of roughly 25 Euro.  This will pay for our guide and admission to the  Museum.   

Harry Cargas selection on Sakai

 

WEEK THREE

5)  Tuesday  July 15       

ECOLOGICAL THREATS AND GLOBAL AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Rising Ecological Challenges and Global Security      

Brown, Plan B 4.0,  Preface, chapter 1-4 

 

6)  Thursday July 17                  

 

FOOD SYSTEMS: COMPARING THE US AND ITALIAN DIETS

Feeding Eight Billion People Well

        ***Exam                                                                     

Brown, Plan B 4.0 chapter 9

        

CITIES, SUBURBS, AND CARBON EMISSIONS:  COMPARING UNITED STATES’  URBAN GROWTH SPRAWL AND ITALIAN COMPACT CITY FORMS                                                                        

Film: On Transit Oriented Growth: Oregon’s Example

Brown, chapter 6,   pp. 143-167

    

WEEK FOUR

7)  Tuesday, July 22     

JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY:  THE CRITIQUE OF MODERN

WESTERN UNDERSTANDINGS OF NATURE AS A FIELD OF THINGS

Lynn White, “The Historic Roots of Ecologic Crisis,” on Sakai

Genesis, The Bible on Sakai

                       

CATHOLIC RETRIEVAL OF CONCERN FOR NATURE    

The Earth Story as the New Creation Story

Berry, The Great Work, chapters  1-3, 7  (pp. 1-32, 72-85)

 

Movie:  God’s Earth by Paul Collins

 

8)  Thursday, July 24   

PROTECTING THE GREAT CHAIN OF BEING

Wm. French essays on Sakai

 

9)  Friday, July 25    ***Final Exam

 

               

 

             

 

   

                                                                           

            

 

 

 

 

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