The course will introduce students to a critical reading of culture and an analysis of cultural movements from a Christian perspective. It will reflect on how faith and unbelief are inextricably cultural phenomena and discuss tools for discerning their true meaning. In specific, students will learn (a) the Roman Catholic approach to culture, its meaning, and its value, (b) how the arts manifest a culture and also are mediators of Christian faith in different times and cultures, (c) issues in the dialogue between faith and the arts today, (d) how “faith” and “unbelief” are often cultural phenomena and not related to true faith and real unbelief, (e) the Roman Catholic attitude toward atheism, (f) some tools for integrating faith and culture and for using faith to embrace culture.
Culture in Roman Catholic perspective (handout)
Faith and Culture in Dialogue: The arts through the ages (handout)
Friday, Mar 9
Faith and Culture in Dialogue: Issues today (handout)
Modern atheism, secularism, and modern belief (handout)
Exam: Mar 21 (10.50 and 14.00)