Non-credit unit (Min. No. 4 Max. No. 10)
1st semester: Thursday evening
The unit will focus on four primary sources from the 20th century. In many ways, even though they have not been around a long time, these works have already become classics in Christian literature and are much appreciated contemporary Christians. They are: The Writings of Edith Stein, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, Thomas Merton’s Seeds of Contemplation, and Teilhard de Chardin’s The Divine Milieu. The class will meet every three weeks for two and a half hours. It is hoped that the student will have time to read the entire work or at least a major portion of it so that all can share in their understanding of the work and its significance for them. The last part of each meeting the lecturer will introduce the following work to be read and put it in its historical context.
Upon completion of this unit, it is hoped that the students will be able to:
1. identify the context of each of the classics
2. articulate at least one major insight gleaned from each of the classics
3. evaluate its contribution to the Christian tradition
Any edition of the following titles is acceptable. Some are available at Dymocks, Book Depository, or St Paschal Library.
Graef, Hilda. The Scholar and the Cross: The Life and Work of Edith Stein. London: Longmans, Green, 1955.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. London: SCM Press, 1956.
Merton, Thomas. Seeds of Contemplation. London: Burns & Oats, 1957.
De Chardin, Teilhard. Le Milieu Divin: An Essay on the Interior Life. London: Collins, 1960.
Lecturer: LARRY NEMER SVD