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2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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TH 527 - Special Topics: The Gift of Creation: Theological Reflections on Ecology, Metaphysics and Poetry

Saint Joseph’s College offers three graduate credits to those who participate in the Edith Stein Institute of Philosphy (IFES) International Symposium 2020 in Granada, Spain, June 29-July 4, 2020. NOTE: In light of COVID19, this conference will be offered virtually. Students may register for the conference and for the class without having to travel to Spain. 

On the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of Laudato Si’, the IFES proposes a profound re-examination of the Christian doctrine of the Gift character of being and creation. The Gift character of being invites us to recover and deepen our study of the unity of the sciences, philosophy and the arts within the fundamental dimension of the human person as created for the Gift (to be received and given). The hope of this International Symposium is to provide a privileged forum to deepen the theological nexus of this unity and its implications to be illuminated by the light of the gift of Christ.


Prerequisites & Notes
Students must register for the symposium directly with IFES and provide their own travel accommodations. The conference will also be offered virtually. Information can be found here.

To obtain course credit, students must register for TH 527: Special Topics: The Gift of Creation: Theological Reflections on Ecology, Metaphysics and Poetry through normal registration procedures. Saint Joseph College tuition rates apply and are in addition to symposium fees and travel expenses. 

Assignment Overview
Students will attend (virtually) all sessions of the Symposium, participate in discussions, and produce a final paper.

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • engage in broad-ranging discussion on the theology of creation; 
  • comprehend the underlying unity of creation manifested in the hidden unity of metaphysics, ecology, and poetry;
  • identify modern tendencies towards mechanism and reductionism and how they impact philosophical and theological thought;
  • survey the diverse theological and philosophical problems brought to light by our current ecological crisis; 
  • discern the complex ethical dilemmas at the core of current ecological conflicts.

Credits: 3

Offered: Online 12 Week Summer 2020

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