A year-long, full-credit course required of all seniors, Theology 12 encourages students to ask fundamental questions related to living with meaning and purpose in a modern, pluralistic society. The structure of the class emphasizes critical reading, analysis, discussion, case studies, and frequent writing assignments.
Theology 12 assumes no prior knowledge of any particular tradition. Students are encouraged to explore connections between their lives and topics being studied, including the spiritual impulse, the nature of the religious experience, patterns in religious thought and behavior, the dynamics of faith, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and scriptures from other traditions.
Students read Hesse’s Siddhartha, Otto’s The Idea of the Holy, Eliade’s The Sacred and the Profane, Tillich’s The Dynamics of Faith, the Tao Te Ching, The Bhagavad Gita, and sections of The Holy Bible, as well as other texts.