An introduction to Christian life and thought, from the early church to the present, through an examination of great texts with an emphasis on Christian doctrine, ethics, witness, and institutions.
As a common course providing all A&S students a shared foundation of knowledge through the study of the Christian heritage/tradition, this course will introduce students to the basic building blocks of the historic, living Christian faith.
Students will acquire a greater and deeper understanding of the broad development of Christianity, its theological convictions and practices (beliefs, ethics, witness, and institutions).
With this broader, more in-depth understanding of the Christian heritage/tradition, students will be better enabled and better equipped to have informed engagement with others from a Christian perspective—a critical dimension of a transformational Christian education.
The course, then, contributes to a transformational general education curriculum that facilitates the process of students becoming informed and productive citizens of a democracy and servant leaders of faith communities which highlights the cultivation of normative Christian virtues.