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Liturgy and Life
Vatican II denounced the “split between the faith which many profess and their daily lives,” characterizing it as “among the more serious errors of our age” (Gaudium et Spes, no. 43). How does our experience in the Sunday liturgy relate to the way we live our lives in the “real world”? Is such a distinction between sacred and secular valid? What about the problematic fact that worship is often used to reinforce political and ethical status quos? This course will investigate how several contemporary thinkers have addressed these concerns through their sacramental theologies. Particular attention will be given to Louis-Marie Chauvet’s methodological shift from metaphysics to a theology of symbol as mediation.
Foundations of Christian Worship recommended
·Read attentively and engage vigorously in class discussion. This may include responsibility to lead class discussions on occasion.
·Weekly reading responses, due to the professor by 5PM the Sunday before class. Earlier responses are gladly accepted; responses submitted after the deadline will receive no credit.
·Oral presentation on a topic related to course material. To be given in class on a date to be determined in consultation with the instructor
Final paper (12-15 pages) on a topic related to course material (growing out of oral presentation)
Class participation (25%); weekly reading responses (25%); oral presentation (15%); final paper (35%)