Christian Faith and Moral Character
Featuring articles by Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., associate professor, Boston College Department of Theology
This course examines a fundamental element of moral experience, the formation of a person’s character, and how the Christian theological tradition reflects upon this reality. After clarifying the meaning of character and its significance for the moral life, the course treats the topics of moral freedom, human sinfulness, and the nature of conversion. Feature film clips are used to provide an occasion to discuss various themes emphasized in the articles.
Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.
This course includes:
- Four articles by Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.;
- Streaming video of film clips used each week to discuss key points;
- Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
- Weekly introduction and study guide;
- Resource page to use for further study;
- Town Meeting forum where participants can meet and socialize;
- Those who actively participate (a minimum of three substantive posts per week) receive a Certificate of Active Participation for the course.
All C21 Online courses and workshops include these features:
- Participants have access 24 hours per day/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
- Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing, guided by a facilitator.
- Site is generally open to participants one week after the course.
- An Orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
- Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
- Week 1: Moral Character – what is it and why is it important?
- Week 2: Moral Freedom – the nature of freedom and the process of shaping character
- Week 3: Human Failing and Sin – examining the language and meaning of the mystery of sin
- Week 4: The Grace of Conversion – understanding the meaning of authentic conversion and its place in the moral life
Additional Materials Needed
Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.
Content Scholar: Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.