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Liberal Studies/LTHE 333: Theology of Marriage This course is a study of the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage in its various aspects: biblical, theological, psychological, and canonical. It will concentrate on the following topics: defining marriage, God and marriage, marriage preparation, and issues surrounding marriage today. 3 credits Liberal Studies/LTHE 341: The Life and Thought of Cardinal Newman This course will introduce students to the life and thought of one of the most significant Church figures of modern times. Blessed John Henry Newman was a towering figure in the 19th century and his influence continues to be felt today. Newman offers us an inspirational model of a life devoted to holiness; a mind alive to religious Truths and the spiritual/invisible world; a religious mind capable of vivid expression and powerful written arguments; and the dedication and courage to align one’s life with the Truths that one confesses and the inner voice of one’s conscience. Newman’s example of persistent faith stands as a rebuke against contemporary fads of cultural and moral relativism. His defense of a true liberal education continues to serve as a warning against the negative effects of exclusive secularism, utilitarianism, and hyperspecialization. 3 credits Liberal Studies/LTHE 351: Catholic Moral Theology A study of themes, concepts and teachings that embody the Catholic moral tradition. Students will identify and examine the Catholic Church’s teachings on morality, derived from Scripture, Tradition, the Magisterium, and Christian experience. Students will also apply and evaluate these aspects of Revelation as they pertain to contemporary issues in the globalized world. 3 credits Liberal Studies/LTHE 358: God and Radical Evil An examination of the historical and theological development of the idea of God’s relationship to evil. The analysis will include readings from Sacred Scripture, the early Christian Church and contemporary theologians, as well as traditional and modern atheists. Students will create their own theodicy (explanation on why evil exists in light of belief in a loving God) using the material from the course and their own experiences. 3 credits Liberal Studies/LTHE 359: Good and Evil: Reconciling the Holocaust An examination of the reality of the Holocaust from multiple historical and spiritual perspectives that will challenge students to integrate this knowledge with theological inquiry concerning the existence of God. In May, faculty and students will travel to Poland and Prague (the Czech Republic) to visit Auschwitz and Treblinka death camps as well as Jewish and Polish cultural sites. 3 credits Liberal Studies/LTHE 361: Hebrew Bible I: Torah This course is an examination of the first section of the Hebrew Bible. Known in most English translations as the Pentateuch, the Torah is composed of: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. In this course, students consider the formation of the literature, major literary forms and themes contained in the Torah. 3 credits Liberal Studies/LTHE 362: Hebrew Bible II: Prophets This course is an introduction to the second of three bodies of literature within the Hebrew Bible: the Prophets. This collection of literature has had a tremendous influence and continues to inspire and speak with relevance now no less than when the scrolls were first composed. During this course, students will examine the background and composition of this collection of literature as well as the major themes contained in the documents. This course is divided into two sections: the Former Prophets and the Later Prophets. 3 credits Liberal Studies/LTHE 363: Hebrew Bible III: Writings This course is an introduction to the literature of the third part of the Hebrew Bible: the Ketuvim, containing books that some will find familiar (Psalms) as well as books that, to many, seem strange and distant (Qohelet—Ecclesiastes). This course will examine the composition and history of the books, their themes, and the contribution the books make to the overall collection of Hebrew sacred text. 3 credits

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Gannon Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019  

Gannon Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019