Historical Courses for the 2014 Fall Session

Course Listings by Level

Crosslisted Courses

1000 Level Courses
SAH1001HF  L0101

Early Christianity (to AD 600)

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course offers an opportunity to explore the history of the Christian Church from its origins in Judaism through to its monastic expansion beyond the boundaries of the Western Roman Empire in the sixth and seventh centuries. It will examine the conflicts, individuals, social movements and theologies that shaped Christianity during this formative period. Two Document Analyses, Seminar Presentation, Final Examination.

Schedule: Monday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: James (Séamus) P. Hogan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
RGH1010HF  L6101 · Cancelled on 2014/08/12

History of Christianity I (to AD 843)

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2013 · Online Course

Offered On-Line: From the sub-apostolic age to the “Triumph of Orthodoxy” in the East and the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West. The geographical expansion of the church; the relation of Christian faith to cultural settings and other religions; the development of doctrinal and ethical positions; forms of Christian life and worship; the rise of Islam. Weekly on-line participation; reflection papers.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Jaroslav Z. Skira
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 18
WYH1010HF  L0101

History of Christianity I (to AD 843)

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

From the subapostolic age to the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" in the East and the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West. Geographical expansion of the church; the relation of Christian faith to cultural settings and other religions; the development of doctrinal and ethical positions; forms of Christian life and worship; the rise of Islam. Class participation, course portfolio, one short essay, and two other academic exercises (choice of reading notes, short papers, weekly quizzes, final exam, etc.).

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 17:00
Instructors: Alan L. Hayes
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
EMH1010HF  L0101

History of Christianity I (to AD 843)

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This introductory course explores Christianity's formation and transformation from the post-apostolic era to the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" in the East and the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West in the year 843. Along the way, we will explore how Christians described their religious experience, practiced their faith, articulated and argued about their beliefs, and structured their ecclesial communities. We will learn about Christianity's changing relationship to political power; its engagement with other religions and cultures; the lifestyles, theological mindsets, and models of community proposed and debated by Christian leaders; the political and theological challenges associated with the movement's early marginalization, eventual expansion, encounter with Islam in the East and the "barbarians" in the West; and the formation of "Christian Europe."'Lecture, group discussions. Evaluation: practice quizzes, mid-term writing projects, choice of final exam or research paper.

Schedule: Tuesday, 18:00 to 20:00
Instructors: Brian Clarke
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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SMH1010HF  L0101

History of Christianity I (to AD 843)

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

From the subapostolic age to the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" in the East and the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West. Geographical expansion of the church; the relation of Christian faith to cultural settings and other religions; the development of doctrinal and ethical positions; forms of Christian life and worship; the rise of Islam. Lectures, class discussion of readings, 1 research essay, 1 reflection paper.

Schedule: Monday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: David C. Robinson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNH1015HF  L0101

A Global History of Christianity - a survey

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A survey of the history of Christianity and an introduction to the study of Christian history. Lecture. Book review, seminar participation, mid-term exam, final exam. Mandatory seminar. No seminar the first week of class. Seminar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Class from 7:10 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Classes held at Wycliffe College

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors:
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
2000 Level Courses
TRH2002HF  L0101

A History of the Church in the Middle Ages

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The course aims to provide a general knowledge of mediaeval church history (600 - 1500) presented in a text and by exercising critical reasoning through analysing 3 primary texts chosen by the student. The reality of the church's life shown by the clergy, laity and in its worship is made tangible through manuscript, artistic and architectural material from videos and Power Point presentations. Teaching methods: seminars, audiovisuals, lectures.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Barry Graham
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 213
TRH2010HF  L0101

History of Christianity II

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The history of the Christian Church (mainly in the West) from the birth of a spiritually united medieval Europe under Charlemagne to its fragmentation in the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War; Pagans and missionaries; Popes and patriarchs. Princes and councils; Reformers and radicals; Monks and friars. Theology and heresy; Daily Christian life and worship; The course will consist of lectures and group discussions of selected primary sources; GRADING PROCEDURES:  short weekly reading quizzes (matching, multiple choice, etc.), portfolio of short article summaries, class participation.

Schedule: Monday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Jesse Billett
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 212
TRH2061HF  L6101

The Birth of Theology

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Online Course

An introduction to Patristic thought to 451 AD, surveying principal writers East and West. Detailed study of Athanasius On the Incarnation and The Tome of Leo. Lectures, readings, four short reports and a final oral examination.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: David Neelands
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRH2061HF  L0101

The Birth of Theology

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to Patristic thought to 451 AD, surveying principal writers East and West. Detailed study of Athanasius On the Incarnation and The Tome of Leo. Lectures, readings, four short reports and a final oral examination.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: David Neelands
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 340
CGH2201HF  L4101

European Reformations

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Waterloo Site

The events collectively known as the Reformation ended the unity of westem Christianity. In this course, we will study the various reforming movements primarily by reading the words of their main actors. The course places the ideas behind the reformers' agendas in their historical context, beginning with a survey of western Christianity on the eve of the sixteenth century. It then examines the particular ways in which the Protestant and Catholic reformers viewed the Bible, salvation, the church, and the state. After exploring the context and the Ideas, we will look at the reality of the reformers' struggle to implement their agenda and the legacy of the Reformation in the twenty-first century.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 10:00 to 11:30
Instructors: Troy D. Osborne
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAH2224HF  L6101

20th Century Church History, 1900-1960

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2013 · Online Course

Sketches 4 major cultural challenges facing the pre-Vatican Church, 1900-1960.Explores various individual attempts to find creative solutions to these problems, as well as the main official responses from the Magisterium. Lecture-Seminars and readings. Weekly email questions, three 2-page papers and final exam [take-home].

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Janine Langan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
CGH2235HF  L4101

The Mennonite Tradition In Historical Context

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Waterloo Site

This is a survey of the development of the Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions (Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterites) by placing them in the context of the broader history of the western Christianity from the early church through Its transformation into a global movement. Through the study of history, students will understand the forces and tensions that have shaped the Mennonites and other Anabaptists as they related to the changing contexts in the world around them. Throughout the course,students will attend to the strengths and weakness of defining Anabaptist Identity through history.

Schedule: Thursday, 13:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Troy D. Osborne
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYH2241HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2014/09/02

Emergence of Evangelicalism in Britain, 1730-1830

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course examines the rise of the evangelical tradition in British Christianity in its formative period between 1730 and 1830. Within the historical framework, attention is given to popular literature, politics, moral reform, education, and the home as expression of evangelical engagement.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Thomas P. Power
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10
Additional Notes: This course has previously been taught under the title "Preachers, Activists and Saints"
TRH2253HF  L6101

Modern Athesim

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2014 · Online Course

This introductory course surveys the history of atheism and secularization from the mid-eighteenth-century Western European Enlightenment to the present. We will not only read selections from some of the most important English, Scottish, German, and American atheists, agnostics, and rationalists of the period, but also examine and discuss how contemporary political and social thought contributed to the rise of secular thought and gradual decline in theological orthodoxy. The course will demonstrate how the writings of atheists and theological rationalists have always been predicated on significant intellectual and emotional tensions between orthodox Christianity and contemporary culture. Participation, research summary, book report, online final exam

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: John W. Clarke, Jr.
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRH2414HF  L0101

History of Eastern Churches 1204 to 21st C

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A continuation of TRH2412H, this course evaluates the development of world Orthodoxy following the 1204 Sack of Constantinople. Stages of dialogue with the "modern" world and the impact this has internally and in external relations. Special attention to Orthodox responses to the political and intellectual crises of the 20th C., and to the emigration to pluralistic regions such as Europe and North America. Orthodoxy in ecumenism. Prerequisite: TRH2412H.

Schedule: Thursday, 19:00 to 22:00
Instructors: Richard Schneider
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAH2424HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2014/08/06

Modern History of the Catholic Church

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is an overview of the modern era of ecclesiastical history.  Beginning with the “Enlightenment”, we will examine the relationship between the Catholic Church and the world until Vatican II.  In the way we will look at the age of revolution, what new ideas like liberalism meant and how popes of the nineteenth century sought to deal with them.  The worldwide missionary experience of the Catholic Church at the time, as well as the rich history of Canadian Catholicism will be discussed.  Pius IX, Vatican I and the pontificate of Leo XIII will be a key part of the course, as well an examination of the issues that the Church had to confront in the twentieth century, such as world wars and the holocaust.  Light will be shed on these topics trough assigned readings, biographical studies and the study of examples of art and architecture from the period.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Peter M. Meehan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 14
SAH2475HF  L0101

Searching for Catholic Sprirituality in Modern History

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Welcome to the search for Christian spirituality. Beginning in New France, the investigation will travel through the evolution of spirituality in the Canadian Catholic community. After the Renaissance, Christian spirituality inspired communal liturgy, religious communities, colleges, and health-care servicesthroughout the western world. After the Enlightenment, Christian spirituality continued to grow in worldexploration, science, art, romanticism, and technology for an energetic future.  Attendance, participation, and a weekly one-page seminar paper (some are marked) 30%; research essay 40%; open book exam 30%.

Schedule: Tuesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Terence Fay, S.J.
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
3000 Level Courses
ICH3156HF  L0101

Nature, Supernature & Miracle in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This seminar examines Thomas Aquinas

AD students enrol in ICH6156HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:30 to 12:30
Instructors: Robert Sweetman
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 3 · Max: 15
EMH3801HF  L0101

Christianity and Crisis in North America

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is designed to explore the role of religion in times of war and cultural unrest. Topics to be
considered include visions of national destiny in colonial times; nation-building in Canada and the United States; national disunity during civil war, responses to Christian imperialism and international conflict (including pacifism), Cold War, culture wars, and the challenges of pluralism and globalism to "national" identity.

Schedule: Thursday, 09:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Phyllis D. Airhart
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Enrollment Notes: This course was previously only available at the AD level and was taught under the course code EMH5801H

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5000 Level Courses
SMH5041HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2014/09/07

Monastic Foundations

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Historical development of monasticism to John Climacus. Types of monasticism. Monastic rules. Ascetic writings. Lectures, seminars and discussion of texts. Class participation 30%; research essay 70%.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: T. Allan Smith
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRH5049HF  L0101

Mani and the Kingdom of Light--Exploring an Alternate Christianity

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Mani, an inhabitant of 3rd century Iraq/Iran believed himself to be the Paraclete promised by Jesus. From that belief grew a church which reached from North Africa to China and lasted over a thousand years, including among its sympathizers the young St. Augustine. This course will use the writings of Manichaeans and their opponents, including Augustine, to address the criteria of Christian identity, and use a theological system not based on the incarnation to explore the meaning of creation, revelation, and redemption in more conventional contexts.

Schedule: Tuesday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Richard Paul Vaggione
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Theological
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 212
6000 Level Courses
ICH6156HF  L0101

Nature, Supernature & Miracle in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This seminar examines Thomas Aquinas

Basic Degree students enrol in ICH3156HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:30 to 12:30
Instructors: Robert Sweetman
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 3 · Max: 15
EMH6801HF  L0101

Christianity and Crisis in North America

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is designed to explore the role of religion in times of war and cultural unrest. Topics to be
considered include visions of national destiny in colonial times; nation-building in Canada and the United States; national disunity during civil war, responses to Christian imperialism and international conflict (including pacifism), Cold War, culture wars, and the challenges of pluralism and globalism to "national" identity.

Basic Degree students enrol in EMH3801HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Phyllis D. Airhart
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Enrollment Notes: This course was previously taught with the course number EMH5801H

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Theological Crosslisted Courses
RGT3115HF  L0101

Vatican II: The Theology and Historical Context of the Documents

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will study the documents of the Second Vatican Council with a view to understanding their theological foundations, their historical context and development, and their pastoral implications for today's church. One book report, total 20%; one discussion facilitation, total 10%; one document analysis paper, total 30%; one disputed issue paper, total 40%.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Margaret Lavin
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 16 · Crosslisted to: Historical
RGT3551HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2014/07/21

Aquinas: Summa Contra Gentiles

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A careful study of a book of the Summa contra Gentiles, where Aquinas explores Christian doctrines as an exercise in personally appropriating divine wisdom. The course teaches a method of close textual reading, and will interest students seeking an accessible introduction to Aquinas, those seeking an overall view of his methodology, and those preparing comprehensive exams in theology. Lectures and seminars. Assignments for 3551: 2 short papers, 2 learning reports, final take home exam. Assignments for 6551: 2 short papers, preparing and giving a 1 hour lecture, final exegetical essay.

AD students enrol in RGT6551HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Gilles Mongeau
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 16 · Crosslisted to: Historical
Enrollment Notes: Max 16 (AD & BD)
SMT3645HF  L0101

Indian Christianity: History, Thought, Practice

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This seminar explores the claim of diverse Christian traditions in South Asia to be religious traditions of South Asia, with special attention to these traditions' indigenisation and social interactions with majority Hindu traditions. Our study will begin with an overview of the historical development of Christianity in India from the first century CE to the present. In a second unit, we move to close readings of major theological articulations for and against an indigenous South Asian Christianity. Finally, our attention will tum to the concept of "ritual dialogue" in Christian practice and the ethnographic study of Christian communities in India. Most of our attention will be focused on Christian traditions in South India, but students are encouraged to choose topics related to Christianity in other parts of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and/or Bhutan for their research papers.

AD students enrol in SMT6645HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 10:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Reid B. Locklin
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 5 · Crosslisted to: Historical
Enrollment Notes: Max 5 (AD & BD)
Additional Notes: Offered jointly with existing seminars in (undergraduate) Christianity & Culture programme and (graduate) Department for the Study of Religion.
WYT3651HF  L0101

Theologies of Luther & Calvin

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2013 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course of lectures will examine Luther's writings on the theology of the cross and on human freedom; and Calvin's writings on Scripture and the Christian life. Weekly readings and final examination (oral or written).

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: David Demson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Historical
RGT6551HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2014/07/21

Aquinas: Summa Contra Gentiles

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A careful study of a book of the Summa contra Gentiles, where Aquinas explores Christian doctrines as an exercise in personally appropriating divine wisdom. The course teaches a method of close textual reading, and will interest students seeking an accessible introduction to Aquinas, those seeking an overall view of his methodology, and those preparing comprehensive exams in theology. Lectures and seminars. Assignments for 3551: 2 short papers, 2 learning reports, final take home exam. Assignments for 6551: 2 short papers, preparing and giving a 1 hour lecture, final exegetical essay.

Basic Degree students enrol in RGT3551HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 09:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Gilles Mongeau
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 16 · Crosslisted to: Historical
Enrollment Notes: Max 16 (AD and BD combined)
SMT6645HF  L0101

Indian Christianity: History, Thought, Practice

Offered in Fall 2014  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This seminar explores the claim of diverse Christian traditions in South Asia to be religious traditions of South Asia, with special attention to these traditions' indigenisation and social interactions with majority Hindu traditions. Our study will begin with an overview of the historical development of Christianity in India from the first century CE to the present. In a second unit, we move to close readings of major theological articulations for and against an indigenous South Asian Christianity. Finally, our attention will tum to the concept of "ritual dialogue" in Christian practice and the ethnographic study of Christian communities in India. Most of our attention will be focused on Christian traditions in South India, but students are encouraged to choose topics related to Christianity in other parts of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and/or Bhutan for their research papers.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMT3645HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 10:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Reid B. Locklin
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 5 · Crosslisted to: Historical
Enrollment Notes: Max 5 (AD & BD)
Additional Notes: Offered jointly with existing seminars in (undergraduate) Christianity & Culture programme and (graduate) Department for the Study of Religion

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