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What is a Sacrament?
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.
• 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.
Attendance, reading responses, discussion leadership, final paper
- Discussion leadership, reader responses, and overall class participation (50%)
- Oral presentation (10%)
- Final paper (40%)