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    Macalester College
  Jan 21, 2018
College Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RELI 123 - Jesus, Dissent, and Desire

This course introduces students to Christian practice, doctrine, faith, and social organization by examining various historical controversies and the roles they have played in the formation and alteration of the traditions from Christian origins to the present. Specific controversies will be selected from historical events and movements, beginning with the earliest struggles over the significance of the person and nature of Jesus of Nazareth, the ethos and institutional structure of the early communities, and the canonization of scripture. The course will conclude with a brief discussion of contemporary disputes over internal ethical and denominational pluralism and relationships between Christianity and the State. This course is strongly recommended in preparation for RELI 346 - Dissent, Reform, and Expansion in 16th Century Europe and for RELI 348 - Contemporary Christian Thought and Practice. (4 Credits)