Week Four

Finding God in the Secular Age

Monday, July 25 — Religion & the Secular Culture

  1. Pope Francis, “Laudato Si'” Chapters 3-4, pages 49-77.
  2. The case for “integral ecology” Read James Martin, S.J. “Ten Top Take Aways from ‘Laudato Si,” America, http://americamagazine.org/top-ten-takeaways-laudato-si
  3. Cambridge Forum, (12/18/14) James Carroll on his book “Christ Actually,” 
  4. WGBH-TV Boston,”The Great God Debate: Rabbi David Wolpe & Christopher Hitchens”, (8/6/12) 
  5. Class Projects on “religious culture” of Rome –Theresa Prinster, Yianna Papdeas, Molly Fitzgibbons, Emily Barr.
  6. “Nostra Aetate,” (“In Our Times”) Vatican II Declaration on Non-Christians,” October 28, 1965.  http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651028_nostra-aetate_en.html
  7. On Monday evening Professors Anthony Molinaro (Music), and Aaron Greer (Film+Digital Media) present Giuseppe Tonatore’s “Cinema Paradiso,” worthy of mention for our class. This touching love-story’s great music by Ennio Morricone is an example of “film art.”  


Wednesday, July 27 — Film/TV as a “religious medium”

  1. View Emilio Estevez, “The Way” (2010, 121 Mins.) 
  2. Class discussion on the film.ellwoodk.jpg
  3. The “Insight” legacy of Father Elwood “Bud” Kieser, CSP.
  4. Stewart Hoover’s theory of “symbolic inventory.”
  5. “Best Father Ever,” from “Glee,” https://vimeo.com/28021495
  6. Pope Francis, “Laudato Si'” Chapters 5-6, pages 80-119.
  7. CARA Catholic Poll: “Laudato Si & Climate Change.” http://cara.georgetown.edu/climate%20summary.pdf
  8. Class Projects –Josephine Lindgren, Sara Lochmueller, Zichen Yu (Z), Taryn Deirmenjain.

Friday, July 29 — Final Evaluative Examination

  1. Class Discussion of examination questions
  2. Class Projects –Nicole Shoemaker, Yongxuan Ji, Camille Mulcahy.
  3. View J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Speech (2008)
  4. View Philip Groning, “Into Great Silence” (2007, 162 Mins) 



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