What is a Sacrament?

REL635
Fall 2017
W 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area II
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

Course Description:
What is a sacrament, and what does it do? Why do Christian traditions them so differently?  How do sacraments relate to other doctrines concerns like Christology, pneumatology, and ecclesiology?  This course will address these questions an array of historical periods and theological traditions.  All students welcome; no prior background in liturgical studies required.

Course Objectives:
    •    Read and analyze formative and contemporary writings in the area of sacramental theology.
    •    Develop a theological understanding of Christian sacraments and sacramentality.
    •    Explore the practice of Christian sacraments in their theological context.

Background Expected: 

None

Course Requirements: 

Attendance, reading responses, discussion leadership, final paper
 

Basis of Evaluation: 
  • Discussion leadership, reader responses, and overall class participation (50%)
  • Oral presentation (10%)
  • Final paper (40%)