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THEO 3201 The Meaning and Way of Jesus (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course inquires into the meaning of the person and mission of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah or Christ of God. The course seeks (1) to probe and to clarify those key issues that emerge in the Church’s centuries-long response to the question, ‘who was/is Jesus Christ?’ and (2) to explore what concretely is at stake in ‘following Jesus’ or in being his disciple. The first aim of the course requires a consideration of proper theological matters—divine and human natures, the salvific meaning of the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus; the second explores the invitation of the gospel ‘to follow’ the way Jesus teaches—a way of compassionate solidarity and active commitment to the poor, abused, homeless, and excluded.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M Shawn Copeland

Prerequisites: Required completion of the Theology CORE

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Comments: As an elective course in the Pulse Program, students are required to engage weekly in four (4) hours of service at a non-profit community agency during the semester. The Pulse Program will work with the student in discerning an appropriate community service placement, setting up the Learning Work Agreement (LWA) with the supervisor, and handling details in relation to the community service agency. With its emphasis on discipleship or living the ‘way’ Jesus taught, the course seeks to deepen students’ understanding of the relation between action and reflection, social practice and religious faith.


Last Updated: 08-Oct-15