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Fundamental Catholic Theology

David Gentry-Akin

in Teaching the Tradition

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795307
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795307.003.0002
Fundamental Catholic Theology

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The first of three chapters on theology, this chapter offers a gentle introduction to faculty members about the meaning of Catholic. The author acknowledges that faculty members have distinct experiences of Catholicism, and he offers an account of the breadth of what is included in Catholicism. He also encourages teachers to help students along the path of Catholic integration by having teachers share their own religious experiences and commitment with their students. Catholic colleges and universities want their students to experience secular knowledge integrated with Christian knowledge and religious conviction. In order to graduate with an integrated approach, students have to see the integrated approach lived in at least a good number of the faculty members at their Catholic institution. The primary way this occurs is when a faculty member speaks about Catholic religious themes in the classroom and offers, where appropriate, personal accounts of what it means to be Catholic in a particular academic discipline.

Keywords: experiences; Incarnation; sacraments; community; Mystical Body of Christ; Virgin Mary; feminine

Chapter.  9476 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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