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THE 531 The Christian Tradition and Trajectory

This course introduces key elements of Christian belief and practice through the study of historical texts from the origins of Christianity to the present day. The interpretation of primary texts gives insight into the development of Christian teaching and practice, particularly within the Roman Catholic tradition. Like a snapshot, each text captures something about a certain place and time and the people who wrote it. By studying these "snapshots," students observe how different people in different times and places spoke about central issues of Christian faith. Sometimes the class will try to make sense of expressions of the Christian faith that are quite different from those observable today. sometimes it will see the origins of current beliefs and practices. Understanding the Christian experience as changing and dynamic inspires the search for expressions of faith that are congruent with both the tradition and contemporary society.