Study of exemplary figures in the history of Christian religious thought. Prerequisite: RELIG 428.
The doctrine of the Trinity is considered by most theologians to be the core doctrine of the Christian faith. It is also the central point of theological dispute that has separated the Eastern and Western embodiments of Christendom. This seminar will explore the origins of the doctrine, its development in both East and West, and the roots of the differences between the two major forms the Christian religion has taken. Texts to be studied will include works by St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bernard Lonergan, Karl Rahner, Vladimir Lossky, John D. Zizioulas, and Catherine LaCugna, among others.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Close reading and discussion.
Some background in the history of Christianity and Christian thought.
Class assignments and grading
Readings from required texts, and a substantial paper.
Primarily the paper and its presentation to the seminar, but class participation will also be taken into consideration.