COURSES

Fr. Thomas P. Rausch, Loyola Marymount University


THST 120: Roots of Catholic Christianity
THST 345: Catholic Church Today and Tomorrow
THST 498: Special Studies: Thomas Merton
THST 631: Christology
THST 640: Issues in the Contemporary Church


THST 120: Roots of Catholic Christianity



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An exploration of the roots of Catholic Christianity, including an overview of the religious experience and institutions of Israel, a consideration of the person and work of Jesus, the formation of the Gospel tradition, and a study of the emergence of the Catholic tradition from the period of New Testament origins. Special attention will be given to an introduction to historical-critical biblical scholarship.


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PREREQUISITES: none
 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Lecture/discussion. The student will be expected to read the assigned material and to contribute to the class process through participation. In addition, there will be a quiz every two or three weeks, several brief essays, and a final examination.


COMMENTS:

The course provides an introduction to the New Testament and New Testament scholarship and focuses on aspects characteristic of the Catholic tradition.



THST 345: Catholic Church Today and Tomorrow



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A look at the Roman Catholic Church as it approaches the third millennium. Topics will include the Church and Vatican II, authority and leadership, changing patterns of ministry, women in the church, sexuality and social justice, prayer and spirituality, ecumenism, and Vatican II's unfinished agenda. Specifically, the course will consider various ecclesiological and pastoral issues in the contemporary Church and raise the question, what patterns are emerging for the Church of tomorrow.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Lecture/discussion; the student will be expected to read the assigned material and to contribute to the class process through participation. There will be five short papers, a brief in class presentation, two midterms and a final exam.


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PREREQUISITES: One 100 level THST course
 


THST 498: Special Studies: Thomas Merton



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A seminar on Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, spiritual teacher and social critic. We will begin with Merton's famous autobiography; then we will focus on four areas in Merton's writings: monastic life and its renewal, prayer and contemplation, spirituality and social responsibility, and the dialogue with the East.


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PREREQUISITES: One 100 level and one 300 level THST course.
 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

The course will be a seminar. It will involve lectures by the instructor, classroom analysis and discussion of the assigned readings, and a class presentation by each student of his or her research project. Each student's contribution to the seminar process through participation and through the seminar presentation will be an important factor in determining the final grade. There will also be a midterm and a final.


COMMENTS:

Thomas Merton is one of the most influential figures in twentieth century Catholicism. At once an intellectual, a contemplative, a monk, and a social activist, his book The Seven Storey Mountain is a classic of religious autobiography. Merton still has an enormous following.

THST 631: Christology



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An historical and systematic investigation of the Christian understanding of Jesus Christ and his significance. Topics include the historical Jesus, the development of the christology of the New Testament and the early councils in the context of contemporary christological issues. There will be special emphasis on recovering the historical Jesus.


COURSE FORMAT:

The course will be a seminar. It will involve lectures by the instructor, classroom analysis and discussion of the assigned readings, and a class presentation by each student of his or her research paper. Each student's contribution to the seminar process through participation in the seminar and his or her seminar presentation will be an important factor in determining the final grade. There will be a midterm exam.


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THST 640: Issues in the Contemporary Church



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An exploration of various ecclesiological and theological issues in the contemporary Church: Ecclesiology of Vatican II, theologies of the church, divisions, authority and its exercise, ministry ordained and unordained, sexuality, social justice, women in the Church, ecumenism, world religions, and the church of tomorrow.


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COURSE WORK/EXPECTATIONS:
The course will be a seminar. It will involve lectures by the instructor, classroom analysis and discussion of the assigned readings, and a class presentation by each student of his or her research project. Each student's contribution to the seminar process will be an important factor in determining the final grade. Therefore, regular attendance and quality participation is important. There will be a midterm exam, final, and a research paper.




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