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Theology Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their originally scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous.


THEO 1000 L11 - Faith and Critical Reason
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
Online: TWTh, 9 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

An introductory theology course designed to acquaint students with the analytical study of religion and religious experience and to provide critical categories for evaluating the history of theological discourse. The academic study of some of the forms, concepts, experiences and theological formulations found in Christianity and other traditions will be introduced. THEO 1000 L11 syllabus.

CRN: 11381
Instructor: Hill-Fletcher
3 credits


THEO 1000 R11 - Faith and Critical Reason
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
Online:
TW, 6 - 9 p.m.

An introductory theology course designed to acquaint students with the analytical study of religion and religious experience and to provide critical categories for evaluating the history of theological discourse. The academic study of some of the forms, concepts, experiences and theological formulations found in Christianity and other traditions will be introduced. THEO 1000 R11 syllabus.

Closed
Instructor: Reklis
3 credits


THEO 1000 R21 - Faith and Critical Reason
Cancelled


THEO 1000 PW1 - Faith and Critical Reason
Session III, May 26 - August 4, 2020
Online

An introductory theology course designed to acquaint students with the analytical study of religion and religious experience and to provide critical categories for evaluating the history of theological discourse. The academic study of some of the forms, concepts, experiences and theological formulations found in Christianity and other traditions will be introduced.

CRN: 11431
Instructor: Camosy
3 credits


THEO 3310 R21 - Early Christian Writings
Session II, June 30 - August 4, 2020
Online: TWTh, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

A selective study of the writing of prominent Christian theologians from Justin Martyr to Augustine. Concentrating on early beliefs concerning God, Christ, the Church and the sacrements.
Fulfills the Sacred Texts requirements in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 12300
Instructor: Perkins
3 credits


THEO 3375 R11 - American Religious Texts
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
Online: TWTh, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A critical and contextual reading of significant texts in American religious history, focusing on diverse traditions and the history of religious debate about American culture, social structures, and identity. Major themes may include: nationhood and religious identity, secularism, religion and violence, new religious movements, religious pluralism, religious rights and freedoms, church-state relations, psychology and religion, religious intersections with race and ethnicity, spirituality, religious histories of liberation and oppression, religion and sexuality, religion and gender, science and religion, colonialism, religion, and economic practice. Students will encounter themes through a variety of primary source materials, applying and critically assessing different modes of analysis. Genres considered may include autobiography and memoir, political speech, fiction, poetry, sermons, legal documents, self-help literature, scriptures, manuals and pamphlets, as well as various types of film, television, social media, art, music, and material culture. Fulfills the Pluralism and Sacred Texts requirements in Fordham's core curriculum.

Closed
Instructor: Bishop
3 credits


THEO 3375 R21 - American Religious Texts
Cancelled


THEO 3711 L21 - Sacred Texts of the Middle East
Session II, June 30 - August 4, 2020
Online: TWTh, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Why does a millennia-old, Babylonian epic prompt a response from a modern psychologist on the question of evil? How do sacred texts of the Middle East construct conceptions of gender, subjectivity, body, and transcendence that still captivate the modern imagination? Through an exploration of the Babylonian, Israelite, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Christian, Gnostic, Manichean, and Islamic traditions of the ancient and medieval Middle East, this course will introduce students to some of the most thought-provoking ideas concerning gender and sexuality, human and divine subjectivity, the question of evil, and the quest for human perfection. We will discuss the various ways some of these traditions have been in continual dialogue with each other over the past two millennia, and how this interaction has both reified and diversified religious beliefs and practices. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented with visual materials, music, and movies where appropriate. THEO 3711 L21 syllabus.

Closed
Instructor: Faruque
3 credits


THEO 3715 L11 - Classic Islamic Texts
Session I, May 26 - June 25, 2020
Online:
TWTh, 6 - 9 p.m.

This course will analyze the religious beliefs, ideas, and practices of Islam using gender as its primary, but not sole, organizing principle. Through an analysis of both the normative, foundational texts (primarily medieval) and the "living tradition," students will appreciate the diversity and complexity of the many "Islams" that have existed and continue to thrive throughout time and space. Fulfills the Global Studies and Sacred Texts requirements in Fordham's core curriculum. THEO 3715 L11 syllabus.

Closed
Instructor: Kueny
3 credits


THEO 3724 PW1 - Classic Buddhist Texts
Session III, May 26 - August 4, 2020
Online

This course is an in-depth study of the Buddhist textual tradition starting with the early sectarian canon in South Asia and progressing through Chinese Buddhism to Japan, with a strong emphasis on Zen Buddhism. We will explore these religious texts in terms of their historical, cultural, and artist contents. Fulfills the Global Studies and Sacred Texts requirements in Fordham's core curriculum. THEO 3724 PW1 syllabus.

Closed
Instructor: Schapiro
3 credits


THEO 3724 PW2 - Classic Buddhist Texts
Session III, May 26 - August 4, 2020
Online

This course is an in-depth study of the Buddhist textual tradition starting with the early sectarian canon in South Asia and progressing through Chinese Buddhism to Japan, with a strong emphasis on Zen Buddhism. We will explore these religious texts in terms of their historical, cultural, and artist contents. Fulfills the Global Studies and Sacred Texts requirements in Fordham's core curriculum. THEO 3724 PW1 syllabus.

Closed
Instructor: Schapiro
3 credits