Fall 2017 Courses, CPC Sections of TWU Courses, Glover Road Campus

 

 

Dr. Brook Herbert, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 pm to 5:15 pm

RELS 366 CP, Theology of the Body (3 sem. hrs.)

This course reviews the roots and evolution of the modern secular approaches to anthropology and human sexuality and contrasts them with those of Christ. Examine recent developments in theological reflection on the body (John Paul II’s theology of the body) and provides a general introduction to Christian anthropology, with particular attention to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, nature and grace, freedom and rationality, gender and vocation. Convergent and divergent doctrinal positions held by various Christian traditions of the themes are reviewed.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

   • This course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree. CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

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Dr. Andrew Kaethler, Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:25 am to 10:40 am

RELS 375 CP, The Christian Apologetics of C.S. Lewis (3 Sem. Hrs.)

This course provides a detailed study of the theological and apologetic writings of C.S.Lewis. The instructor presents the Christian worldview of Lewis, as well as limitations and problems that may be inherent in his theological vision. The relevance of Lewis' writings to the task of ecumenical theological dialogue is a recurrent theme.

C. S. Lewis was one of the twentieth century’s incisive intellects and an influential contributor to Christian apologetics and literature. He penned numerous books, ranging from nonfiction works of theology, philosophy, literary criticism and apologetics, to children’s literature, fiction and poetry. Since he was such a broad and intuitive thinker, it should be no surprise that some of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers and theologians have nothing but praise for him (e.g., Hans Urs Von Balthasar, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Josef Pieper, and Robert Spaemann). Although Lewis is recognised as a brilliant thinker, for him, reason did not have the last word. While “reason is the natural order of truth,” the “imagination is the organ of meaning.” With this in mind, we will explore Lewis’ perspective on life, love, language, literature, friendship, epistemology, myth, morality, and God via his works of imagination.

Instructor's Note: Like many people, I was introduced to the Narniad as a child and was enamoured by Lewis’ fictional world. In university, I discovered Lewis’ other works of fiction and nonfiction, and his logic and poetics significantly shaped my intellectual and spiritual development. During my time in Eastern Europe I was fortunate to be plunged head first into the Lewis corpus as I researched and prepared to teach two different university courses on Lewis. To top it off, while living in the UK, I supped at The Eagle and Child (affectionately known by Lewis et al as The Bird and the Babe), spent several evenings bantering and discussing literature, theology, and CS Lewis with Michael Ward (author of Planet Narnia), and attended mass in Oxford with Lewis’ private secretary, Walter Hooper. Even though my attention over the last few years has been turned towards the theological anthropology of Joseph Ratzinger and Alexander Schmemann, I remain a Lewis aficionado.

   • Prerequisites: RELS 160 or equivalent with instructor’s consent. (0-0; 3-0)

   • The course meets the University Core Requirement for Religious Studies - C&C/ICRS (6-9), and meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

   • CPC Courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

Image: Aslan, the great Lion of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Video: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, 2005, Walt Disney Pictures

Dr. David Klassen, Wednesdays, 6 pm to 9 pm

RELS 473 CP, The Theology of Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II (3 sem. hrs.)

This course takes an in-depth look at the theological vision of two very influential Catholic theologians of the second Christian millennium: St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II. The main features of St. Thomas’s synthesis of Christian thought, especially as found in his great Summa Theologiae, is explored. This is followed by an examination of the “personalist” Thomism of Pope John Paul II, and his program for the renewal of the Catholic Faith, especially as found in selected encyclicals and apostolic letters. The vision and world view of St. Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II are presented as significant and enduring achievements of Christian thought.

St. John Paul II developed a characteristic Personalist Thomism which integrates specific insights from contemporary philosophy (Phenomenology). He also developed theological views through which, drawing inspiration from Aquinas’ insights and the whole Tradition of the Church, he wanted to show the truth and beauty of the faith to men and women of our times. Explore some of John Paul's theological motifs, both theoretical and practical. Among the theoretical, you will discover John Paul’s views concerning Christian humanism and of the Church as communion; among the practical, you will study topics such as the evangelization of culture, technology, and the role of the youth in the world and in the Church. Not without reason, John Paul carried on a number of initiatives in connection with these issues, such as that of World Youth Day.

    Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or equivalent with permission of instructor. (3-0; 0-0)

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • The course meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.

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