Catoir: Chapter 4
Smith: Chapter 10
In the Content area, read the selections from the Frontline Series, “From Jesus to Christ.” and other resources. These readings will prepare you for both the Quiz and the Midterm this week. Short extracts of the readings will be part of the questions for the Quiz and Midterm, so you need to become familiar with the material, but you don’t need to memorize it.
Discussion Topic 7
“At least we can say that religion has weathered the storm.” Smith’s opening line to this chapter opens the door to some interesting discussions about religions “fit” in the modern world. (Nietzsche’s admonition to never give up on the idea of God, while he “will perish from (his) passions” is truly revealing about the character of the man.) Only one question: What are the aspects of Christianity that has allowed it to “weather the storm(s)?” Refer to Catoir’s questions on Page 65 for some help and insights. Reminder: we are talking about the first few centuries of Christianity (surviving during the Roman Empire). Please don’t answer: “Because God wanted it.” That, of course, is an answer that can be applied to any and all questions, but lacks the academic rigor that I expect in this course. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday.
Research Quiz 3 (Christianity)
After reading Catoir and other readings for the week, please go to the Quizzes area and take this quiz on the readings. You will be allowed 30 minutes. Please complete the quiz before Wednesday at midnight.
Discussion Topic 8
The teacher asked the class: ‘What does it mean to be a Christian.” The class, made up entirely of Christians, raised their hands. The first student answered: “To be nice.” In addition, the other students added “help each other” and “love one another” to the answer, “nice.” The teacher responded, “So, according to your definitions, a nice Muslim or a nice Hindu would be Christian?” Three questions: First, are “nice Hindus” Christian? What is missing from the students answers? Second, why would a classroom of Christians focus on “nice?” How important, in Christian theology, is treating one another? Finally, how does “Free Will” impact Christian theology, especially in terms of the belief in an afterlife…where the good are rewarded and the evil punished? Please post your response by midnight Sunday.
Please complete your exam sometime between Wednesday and midnight Sunday. The exam will cover all materials in the course so far, as well as the syllabus and Discussion 7. It will also have some reading comprehension questions regarding Islam; these questions relate to issues of Judaism and Christianity and the development of Islam.