Global Catholicism

REL749
Spring 2017
M 3:30pm - 5:20pm
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

In 1979, Karl Rahner declared that the Second Vatican Council had initiated an entirely new epoch in Catholic history: it was the moment when the Church ceased to be identified solely with European culture and came to be known as a truly “world church.” What did Rahner mean by this statement, and what are its implications for how we view the past, present, and future of the Catholic Church? This course will examine the history of the Catholic Church’s global growth, paying close attention to how diverse actors, cultures, and events both shaped and were shaped by Catholic institutions and lived expressions of Catholic faith.

Background Expected: 

None

Course Requirements: 

Readings (~200 pp. per week), two presentations, and one final research paper (15-20 pp.)

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation: 40%; Presentations (15%); Final Paper (45%).