Christ and Flourishing

Spring 2017
TTH 1:30-2:50
Area II
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course explores the ways in which Christ—as a character in the gospel narratives, an object of Christian theological reflection, and a living presence in the life of the Church—informs Christian visions and practice of (individual, communal, and cosmic) flourishing. Students will engage a thematic reading of the Gospel of Luke, organized around the Gospel’s core themes and touch-points with key concrete phenomena of human experience. The guiding questions are: What does it mean for Christ to be the key to human existence and flourishing and what does flourishing look like if Jesus Christ is taken to be the key? The principal objectives are three: to equip students to wrestle with the formal question of how to relate Christ to a Christian articulation of flourishing; to give students an opportunity to read the Gospel of Luke as a source text for such an articulation; to help students articulate their own vision of flourishing in dialog with the Christian tradition.

Background Expected: 


Course Requirements: 

Weekly reading of approximately 100pp.


One seminar presentation

Three short papers

Basis of Evaluation: 

Presentation: 25%

Participation: 15%

Papers: 60%