RELI 363: Catholicism

RELI 363-001: Catholicism
(Spring 2015)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR

Krug Hall 7

Section Information for Spring 2015

The Roman Catholic Church has developed to become arguably the oldest and most far-reaching, if not also most internally diverse, single institution within human history. It is also the only religion to have its own nation-state (the Vatican) and, thus, diplomatic embassies around the world and representation (including voting rights) at the United Nations. Catholicism’s thought, aesthetics, and influence made it global long before “globalization.”

Yet, for many interested in history, medieval, global, cultural and (post-)colonial studies let alone western philosophy, art, and literature, Catholicism remains a “mystery.” This course will serve as a general introduction to the history of and shifts within Catholic thought (religious, philosophical, moral, liturgical, etc.) and its wider influence by focusing on key moments of cultural encounters.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Focuses on the beliefs of the over one billion Roman Catholics in today's world. Probes the history, doctrine, symbols, rituals, practices, and material culture of the world's largest church. Considers Catholicism's dialog with secularism and discusses controversies and challenges facing the church today. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits in religious studies or philosophy or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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