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TMPS 7171 Cultivating Spirituality in a Technological Age (Summer: 1 )

Course Description

Whether we are "digital natives" thoroughly at home in a world of gadgets, or individuals desperately trying to stay afloat in a device-saturated culture, contemporary technology exerts a tangible influence on how we understand ourselves, relate to others, and discern the presence and action of God in our lives. Our contemporary preoccupation with a "culture of connection" has led to a "contemplative deficit" in many of our lives. Becoming "spiritual Luddites" (those who simply renounce modern technology) is not a viable option. Besides, we all recognize that technology provides us with far too many benefits to repudiate it entirely. Rather what is needed, and what will be explored in this course, is a more profound grasp of the ways in which technology shapes our lives. Only then can we begin to cultivate a more discerning appropriation of technology in our lives.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Richard Gaillardetz

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course will meet Monday, July 24 through Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Note: Given the brevity of these courses, it is essential that students come prepared to engage in learning the very first day. To facilitate this, each course has 'Pre-Class' work to complete. This generally includes reading and often requires a written essay to be submitted before or on the first day of class. See the summer course webpage: for more information.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17