Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

THEO 279 Spring 2013

Spring 2013

THEO 279

ROMAN
CATHOLICISM:

An Introduction to Catholic Belief

Instructor:  G. Ted Bohr, SJ

E-mail:
tbohr@luc.edu

 

LOYOLA
UNIVERSITY CHICAGO, JFRC—ROME

 

Spring 2013
2013  Mon or Tue, 9:30 to 12:30
(Partial on-site course)

There are two
sections of this class; register for only one, please.



Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Roman Catholic beliefs, the historical evolution of Roman Catholicism, the key Roman Catholic concepts, terms, values, and religious practices, and the main lines of current Roman Catholic debates about its identity in today's world.

 

            +Knowledge
Area Satisfied: Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge

            +Skills
Developed: Critical Thinking Skills and Dispositions

            +Values
Area: (Understanding Spirituality or Faith in Action in the World)

 

Required  Readings:

 

e-Text:  Peter Stanford.
Catholicism - An Introduction

[Kindle Edition]   McGraw-Hill,
2008.   Kindle Price: $ 9.99    and

e-Text: Gerald O’Collins. Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008. Kindle Price: $7.51.

Other sources:

The Holy Bible (any translation, available free online).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church
[abbreviated CCC] available for free on-line at www.vatican.va/archive/ccc/index.htm_

 

Course Schedule:

Week 1 sec1 M sec2 T

 

Introduction
  / Syllabus

What
  is “Catholicism”? (PS Chs1-2 OCChs)

Jesus
  of Nazareth

(Mark
  1-16)

 

Week 2  sec1 M
  sec2 T

 

What
  is “historical theology”?

(PS Chs 3-4)

Paul
  the Apostle

(Acts
  15; Romans 1-8)

 

Week 3  sec1 M
  sec2 T

 

Reformation….

(PS Chs 5-6)

 

The
  Bible and Tradition (See Quadriga)

 

Week 4  sec1 M
  sec2 T

 

         
   

  Quiz or Paper One

   

Hierarchy/Priesthood

(PS Chs 7-8)

(See
   Pelagian Controversy)

 

Week 5  sec1 M
  sec2 T

 

Women
  in Church

(PS Ch 9)

Sacraments

(PS Ch 10)

(See
  Augustine on City of God)

 

Week 6  sec1 M
  sec2 T  

 

Sacred
  and Secular

(PS Ch 11)

Disent
  and Dispute

 (PS Ch
  12
)

Mid-Term
  Review

Week 7    

 

 

         
   

 

   

Mid-Term Exam

   

 

   

 

Week  8

 

 

         
   

 

   

     Mid-term  Break

   

 

   

 

Week9  sec1 M sec2
  T

 

Canonization

(PS Ch 13)

 

Catholic
  Intellectuals

(PS Ch 14)

 

Week10 sec1 M sec2 T

 

The
  Enlightenment

(Do a web-search)

 

The
  Jesus Seminar

(Do a web-search)

 

Week11 sec1 M sec2 T

 

American
  Exceptionalism

(Do a web-search)

 

      HOLY WEEK

Week 12 sec1 M sec2 T

 

         
   

  Quiz or Paper Two

   

 

Images
  of Jesus in Theology and Art

 (Web-search
  Jesus images
)

 

Week13 sec1 M sec2 T

 

Are
  you theologically orthodox?

(Web-search)

 

         
   

         Essay Due

   

 

Week14 sec1 M sec2 T

 

 

   Review for Final

 

Week 15 

 

 

         
   

 

   

      Final Exam  

   

 

   

 

 

 

 

Departure

From
  the

Eternal
  City

 

 

 

Course
Requirements:

      Regular attendance (unless you have prior permission from the instructor, the Rome Center director, or a documented medical condition) and active participation in class discussions are expected. More than ONE unexcused absence must reduce your grade. Active participation in discussions depends on the completion of the weekly reading assignments. Class will consist of an introductory lecture and the discussion of the primary texts and secondary literature.

Mid-term exam, plus quizzes         33%

The Final Examination                    33 %

Writing assignments*                     33%

[Writing assignments (10 pages total,
bibliography not counted) are to be submitted by hard copy on the due date.]

 

Grading  Scale:  A: 94-100,  A-: 90-93, B+: 88-89, B: 83-87, etc. 
Please see the JFRC Policy at: 
http://www.luc.edu/romecenter_old/academics_policies.shtml

 

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Roman Catholic beliefs, the historical evolution of Roman Catholicism, the key Roman Catholic concepts, terms, values, and religious practices, and the main lines of current Roman Catholic debates about its identity in today's world.

 

Determination of grades ultimately resides in the judgment of the instructor; however, if you ever feel that you have been graded inaccurately, please come to see me.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

Failure to comply with the standards and regulations of academic integrity will be reported and Loyola University Chicago’s policy will be enforced.

By taking this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, with attention to historical development, of the central texts, beliefs, ethical understandings, and practices of Roman Catholicism. By way of example, students who take this course should be able to: (1) name and discuss some of the most important Roman Catholic beliefs; (2) Articulate the general outline of the historical evolution of Roman Catholicism and, in particular, the impact of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965);  (3) Define and discuss key Roman Catholic concepts, terms, values, and religious practices; and (4) recount and analyze the main lines of current Roman Catholic debates about its identity in today's world.

The course also addresses other competencies as well.  By taking this course, for example, students should be able to analyze and interpret Roman Catholic religious texts, beliefs, and practices using standard scholarly methods and tools (competency a). For example, students should be able to analyze and interpret some papal and conciliar statements and discuss the role of these texts in the lives of believing Roman Catholics. Students taking this course will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the central ethical teachings and perspectives of Roman Catholicism  (competency e), e.g., the role and meaning of "natural law."

Finally, students taking this course will be able to evaluate the religious perspectives of Roman Catholics (competency d) in light of what they learn about the teachings and practices that are foundational to Roman Catholicism.

Skills
(Critical Thinking Skills and Dispositions):

      Students will: 

      1. "comprehend, paraphrase, summarize, and contextualize the meaning of varying forms of communication." In class discussions, quizzes, and/or examinations, students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, paraphrase, summarize, and/or contextualize a variety of religious texts, histories, and ideas, as well as scholarly arguments about those texts, histories and ideas.  

      2. develop "strategies for seeking and synthesizing information to support an argument, make a decision, or resolve a problem." In class discussions, quizzes, and/or examinations, students will be encouraged to articulate reasoned arguments about materials studied in the course or to critique arguments to which they are exposed in the class. 

      3. monitor students' own "individual thinking or behavior" in relationship to Roman Catholicism "in order to question, confirm, validate, or correct" their presuppositions and prejudgments. Class discussions will require students to reflect on their own presuppositions and correct erroneous opinions by appealing to data and reasoned argumentation.

Values
Area (Understanding Spirituality or Faith in Action in the World):

      1. Students who identify themselves as Roman Catholic or claim a Catholic heritage in some way will be enabled to "demonstrate knowledge of and . . . to articulate the foundations of one's own. . .  beliefs or faith traditions." Similarly, non-Catholic students will be enabled to "demonstrate knowledge of and . .
. to articulate the foundations of . . . others' beliefs or faith traditions" (competency a). Such competency will be promoted by the required reading, class
discussions, student writing, and examinations.

      2. In the Roman Catholic ethos, belief and worship are gradually but surely to shape one's way of life. Thus, a study of Roman Catholicism will enable students to "demonstrate how faith traditions or belief systems have been or can be related to intellectual and cultural life" (competency b).  Such
competency will be promoted mainly by class discussions and student writing.

      3. Since Roman Catholicism focuses upon fundamental issues of personal identity and meaning, the study of Roman Catholicism in this course will  develop an ability to reflect upon the applications of one's beliefs or faith traditions to decisions in one's personal, professional, and civic life" (competency c).  such competency will be promoted mainly by class discussions and student writing.