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Woods College of Advancing Studies



Professors: John Darr, A.B., A.M. Wheaton (Illinois), Ph.D. Vanderbilt; Francis Fallon, A.B., M.Div. St. John, Th.D. Harvard; Douglas Finn, B.A. Wabash College, M.T.S., Ph.D. Notre Dame; Yonder Gillihan, A.B., A.M. Ball State University, Ph.D. University of Chicago; Richard Keeley, A.B., A.M. Boston College; Peter Kreeft, A.B. Calvin, A.M., Ph.D. Fordham; Stephen Pope, A.B. Gonzaga, A.M., Ph.D. Chicago; Lorenz Reibling, B.A. Munchen-Kolleg Techniche, Cand. Ph.D. Ludwigs-Maximilians, M.S. Boston College; James Weiss, A.B. Loyola of Chicago, A.M., Ph.D. Chicago.

TH 00108  Biblical Heritage: Old Testament
TH00108 Syllabus

An introduction to the literature, religious ideas and historical setting of the Hebrew Bible. Focus is on major biblical concepts such as creation, election and covenant in the pentateuch, historical and prophetic books.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor Darr

TH 08301  Explorations in Social Ethics
TH08301 Syllabus
Every culture treasures and transmits stories that graphically convey its values. Some stories, like the Exodus story of liberation and new freedom, resonate across times and cultures. Others are more localized and sometimes at odds with dominant cultural stories. This course examines both kinds of stories in works of literature, film, journalism, social analysis and theology. Readings: Exodus, Jaroslav Pelikan’s Jesus Through the Centuries, Michael Walzer’s Exodus and Revolution. In the study of clashing stories, we conclude with the story of the universal family as articulated by Pope Paul VI’s On the Development of Peoples.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Associate Dean Keeley

TH 01711  Introduction to Christian Theology: Shaping Cultural Traditions
TH01711 Syllabus
What does it mean to be good? Is it possible to be both good and happy, both good and successful? Is morality subjective or are there clear ways to regulate it? How can we balance the individual and the community in our moral deliberation? This course examines various theological and philosophical traditions of ethical thought, including existentialism, utilitarianism, Catholic and Protestant moral theology, Christian feminism, Black theology, rights theories, and Aristotelian virtue ethics, among others. Students will apply classic and modern thinkers to contemporary ethical problems, as exemplified through current events, film, and other artistic media. Students will be challenged to discover and critically engage with the sources of value that have shaped their lives and that will continue to inform the moral landscape of our culture.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Finn

TH 48901  Philosophy of Human Sexuality
TH48901 Syllabus
This topic generates more talk and less light than almost any other subject. Course considers what is sexuality? Why is it so mysterious? How important is it to self-identity, self-knowledge and relationships? How can we think clearly and fairly about current controversies such as surrogate parenting, AIDS, contraception, gender identity and roles, relation between sex and family, marriage, religion and society? Philosophers, novelists, scientists, theologians, psychologists and even mystics shed light on this issue.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14-–May 6, Professor Kreeft

TH 49101  Resistance: Call to Action
TH49101 Syllabus
Course explores the lives, motivations, and outcomes of individuals who for a myraid of reasons responded to the emerging Nazi catastrophe. Course defines resistance from religious, ethical, moral, political as well as military perspectives identifying the main protagonists, their moral or ethical dilemmas and final composite failure. What makes resistance permissible, legitimate or even mandatory? Do the gospels encourage resistance? Looks at religious organizations, political groups, and student movements during this tumultuous period in history. Analyzing confrontation, adaptation and alternative strategies enriches class insight. Guest speakers.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Reibling