HDS 2477

Catholicism Faces Modernity: Classics of Twentieth Century Roman Catholicism

Francis Schüssler Fiorenza


This lecture course will deal with the major challenges of modernity that the Catholic Church faced in the Twentieth Century through an analysis of some theological classics of the century. Among the challenges to be considered are: the impact of historical critical studies on the understanding of Christianity, the philosophical critique of metaphysics and classical proofs for God's existence, the impact of the Protestant Reformation, the challenge of religious pluralism and religious freedom, the challenge of the modern world with its technological, communicative, and economic development, the changed relation of the church and state and to the claims of human rights. It will discuss these problems in relation to the writings of Maurice Blondel, Alfred Loisy, Jacques Maritain, Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, Karl Rahner, Documents of Vatican II, Gustavo Gutierrez, and select Papal Documents.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 48

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Wed 2pm-4pm
FAS Sever Hall Room 204

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Denominational Polity
Language Course Designation(s) None