Describe in detail how Catholicism’s commitment to justice and peace in the world is rooted in Catholic theology.
- Answer one question from Part A, and one question from Part B.
- Each answer should be typed, double-spaced (12-point font, double-spaced, conventional margins), and 4-5 pages eachin length; your total should be no more than 10 pages in length.
- When you cite or reference material from the course (e.g., from Wright’s book, or from one of the Powerpoint lectures), you need not give a full bibliographic citation. It is sufficient to reference it as, for example (Wright, p. 15), or (Module 1 Powerpoint, “State of the Present”). If you reference material from outside the course, please provide the full reference on first usage, with page numbers sufficing after that.
- For best results, be sure to answer the question as written. If it asks you to address a variety of particular aspects of an issue, be sure to say something substantive about each aspect.
- Both N.T. Wright and Robert Barron speak at length to the question of what is meant when people talk about “God”. What are the main ideas or arguments that each offer on the subject? What are the major strengths and weaknesses, in your view, of each writer’s perspective? In formulating your answer, make specific reference to their written and video materials.
- Christianity is a movement built around a particular set of answers to the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’ Describe the major features of how the early Christians answered this question. In your answer, be sure to address all of the following: A. Jesus and his relation to the Judaism of his day; B. the idea of messiahship; C. the concept of the Kingdom of God; and 4. the implications of key sections of the Gospel accounts (including the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes).
- You have been asked to write a review of Barron’s first two episodes of his “Catholicism” documentary series. Provide a brief overview of each episode, and discuss what you think are the key concepts and strengths/weaknesses of Barron’s presentation regarding their effectiveness in illustrating an insider’s explanation of what Catholicism is. Be as specific as you can in terms of what seemed most effective/worthwhile and why, as well as the shortcomings or inadequacies in the material.
- “Because Catholic prayer and liturgy are private, individualistic matters, they have little to do with Christian actions in the public realm.” Argue in favor or in opposition to this statement. In constructing your answer, be sure to address all of the following: A. whether prayer and liturgy in the Catholic tradition are best construed as only individualistic, private matters; B. whether and how Catholic prayer and liturgy contribute to the formation of sensibilities that are responsive to Catholic social teaching and action; and C. how prayer and liturgy did or did not shape the public witness of Dorothy Day and Maggy Barankitse. In dealing with Day and Barankitze, be sure to offer specific evidence drawn from: 1. the reading assignment by Emmanuel Katongole (on Barankitse); and 2. the documentary ‘Don’t Call Me a Saint’ (about Day).
- .Describe in detail how Catholicism’s commitment to justice and peace in the world is rooted in Catholic theology. In doing so, be sure to address how Catholic priorities in the public realm are built on the following: A. key ideas from the Hebrew tradition (which ones? be specific); B. the teachings of Jesus; and C. the concept of the Kingdom of God. Use particular issues or priorities as examples, and be as specific as you can (i.e., don’t just deal in generalities).
- “As a sacramental tradition, Catholicism in its prayer and worship life offers a discernible perspective (sometimes called ‘the sacramental imagination’) on how the material and spiritual realms of existence relate to one another.” Argue in support or opposition to this statement. [Hint: The ‘sacramental imagination’ doesn’t refer just to the seven formal sacraments, e.g. baptism, eucharist, matrimony. Review the lecture material on this if necessary] .In doing so, be sure to discuss: A. what you think it means that Catholicism is a ‘sacramental’ tradition; B. how Catholics see the spiritual and material realms engaging one another in prayer and worship; and C. what you think the term ‘sacramental imagination’ means, and whether it appears in Catholic social teaching and action. On this last point, provide at least three specific examples to support your position (not just generalities).
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