Fall 2010 course offerings and registration link
DLE6001 Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear
From global economic meltdown to health care crisis, from terrorism to nuclear proliferation, the present age is marked by a pervasive sense of threat and insecurity. This cultural landscape tempts Christians to embrace a self-protective ethic of safety at the expense of faithful discipleship. In this course we will look at ways to counter this idolatry of security and to embrace an ethic of risk that manifests itself in hospitality, peacemaking, and generosity.
DLF6009 Praying with the Desert Fathers and Mothers
This course will examine the role of prayer in the spirituality of the desert fathers and mothers. In early monastic spirituality, prayer was a chief occupation of the desert monk or nun and the major means of growing in love of God and neighbor. The course will provide a brief background of the early monastic movement before turning to prayer specifically. The goal of prayer will be discussed in some detail as well as specific practices of prayer, including meditation on the scriptures and contemplation.
DLT6003 Science and Spirituality
The terms "religion" and "science" evoke strong and differing images. For example, was Darwin a Darwinist? Is science inimical to faith? The aim of this course is to explore various definitions of science and religion and thence to investigate shifts in the relations among religion, science, and technology over the last three millennia. Most importantly to those of us actively involved as laity or leaders in religious communities, we will examine means whereby persons of faith have participated in scientific and technical endeavours and study the ways in which science can advance spirituality. A key means to illustrate these variations is to examine several case studies of persons, institutions, and natural philosophies (scientific disciplines) and the corresponding religious philosophies and theologies with which these interacted. One of these persons is Sir Robert Boyle who pursued science as a means to understand creation. This course shall seek to derive solutions to these theological, philosophical, and historical difficulties through readings, online discussions, and an extensive array of audiovisual and social media. Our key textbook will be Sara Maitland's new book, "A Joyful Theology: Creation, Commitment, and an Awesome God." Come join us on the journey! No previous scientific or mathematical ground required; just your enthusiasm.