Lax, eric – faith interrupted

You may review any book that explores the ways in which religious ideas and experience relate to the basic questions of human experience. A list of suggested books is attached to this syllabus. You may read a suggested book or pick your own selection. 4-5 pages in length.
SUGGESTED READINGS
Alexander, Eben – Proof of Heaven
Armstrong, Karen – The Bible
Armstrong, Karen – Buddha
Armstrong, Karen – A History of God
Armstrong, Karen – A Short History of Myth
Armstrong, Karen – The Apostle We Love to Hate
Armstrong, Karen – The Spiral Staircase
Aslan, Reza – God: A Human History
Aslan, Reza – Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Bahm, Archie – The Heart of Confucius
Beal, Timothy – The Rise and Fall of the Bible
Bellah, Robert – Habits of the Heart
Berger, Peter – The Sacred Canopy
Botton, Alain de – Religion for Atheists
Brahm, Ajahn – Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?
Brown, Robert McAfee – Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes
Buber, Martin – Between Man and Man
Cahill, Thomas – The Gifts of the Jews
Cahill, Thomas – Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus
Cain, Hamilton – This Boy’s Faith
Campbell, Joseph – The Power of Myth
Carroll, James – Practicing Catholic
Carter, Stephen – The Culture of Disbelief
Chilton, Bruce – Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography
Christ, Carol P., ed. – Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion
Cousineau, Phil – The Art of Pilgrimage
Cox, Harvey – How to Read the Bible
Cox, Harvey – The Secular City
Crossan, John D. – The Dark Interval: Towards a Theology of Story
de Botton, Alain – Religion for Atheists
Eliade, Mircea – A History of Religious Ideas
Feiler, Bruce – Abraham
Feiler, Bruce – Where God Was Born
Frankl, Viktor – Man’s Search for Meaning
Gehring, John – The Francis Effect
Gomes, Peter J. – The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart
Gooch, Brad – Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America
Gordon, Mary – Joan of Arc
Hagen, Steve – Buddhism Is Not What You Think
Haughton, Rosemary – The Transformation of Man
Hellwig, Monika – The Eucharist and the Bread of the World
Hillis, Gregory – Man of Dialogue: Thomas Merton’s Catholic Vision
Hinson-Hasty, Elizabeth – Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians
Johnson, Fenton – Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey Among Christian and Buddhist Monks
Kidd, Sue Monk – The Secret Life of Bees
Lagerkvist, Par – Barabbas
Larson, Edward J. – Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial
Lax, Eric – Faith Interrupted
Lewis, C.S. – The Great Divorce
Lewis, C.S. – A Grief Observed
Lewis, C.S. – Mere Christianity
Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters
Lewis, C.S. – Surprised by Joy
Meacham, Jon – American Gospel
Merton, Thomas – The Seven-Storey Mountain
Merton, Thomas – The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals
Nasr, Seyyed Hossein – The Heart of Islam
Neihardt, John G. – Black Elk Speaks
Neusner, Jacob – The Way of Torah
Niebuhr, H. Richard – Christ and Culture
O’Connor, Flannery – Mystery and Manners
Pagels, Elaine – The Gnostic Gospels
Pagels, Elaine – Revelations
Pawlikowski, John T. – What Are They Saying About Christian-Jewish Relations?
Prothero, Stephen – American Jesus: How the Son of God Became A National Icon
Prothero, Stephen – God Is Not One
Rushkoff, Douglas – Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism
Russell, Sharman Apt – Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist
Salzman, Mark – Lying Awake
Shea, John – Stories of God
Smith, Huston – The Soul of Christianity
Sohl, Robert, ed. – The Gospel According to Zen
Thich Nhat Hanh – Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals 1962-1966
Thich Nhat Hanh – Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh – No Death, No Fear
Thich Nhat Hanh – Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet
Tillich, Paul – The Courage to Be
Toibin, Colm – The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe
Toibin, Colm – The Testament of Mary
Tutu, Desmond – Hope and Suffering
Wiesel, Elie – Night
Wilkes, Paul – A Good Enough Catholic
Wills, Garry – Saint Augustine
Wills, Garry – Papal Sins
Wills, Garry – What Jesus Meant
Wills, Garry – Why I Am A Catholic
Woodruff, Paul – Reverence

How could god hate an entire population?

For this short paper, write a summary of what you have learned from our readings about residential (boarding) schools, violence, and Christianity. Make specific reference to facts.
Introduction: When the topic of boarding schools comes up, it is common to think about rich children sent to schools in fancy areas. It is doubtful that many people’s minds go to indigenous boarding schools. The discussions held in class were not new information since learning about residential school violence in a native studies class in high school. It was shocking that the woman in the article, Secretary Deb Haaland, could still hold onto her faith since she, as an indigenous woman, had been persecuted so heavily by Christians. The draw to this course was to learn how people can still believe in something that does not believe in them.
The discussion held in class posed a question, “Was the desecration of native populations God’s plan?” How could God hate an entire population? Colonizers turned it into a way to justify their actions. As a lesbian, I have not received the same level of persecution in the eyes of the church, but it is so perplexing that anyone who has been under the church’s knife can still identify as a Christian. This idea may be biased, as I do not identify as a Christian, but I often struggle to understand the attraction of faith. Why, after all the violence, do people still find love?

How can you hold onto a faith that has continually been used to hurt you and the members of the community?’

For this short paper, write a summary of what you have learned from our readings about residential (boarding) schools, violence, and Christianity. Make specific reference to facts.
I had learned previously about the residential school violence when i took a native studies class in high school.
Was shocked that the woman in the article was still able to hold onto her faith, since she as an indigenous woman had been persecuted by christians.
Was the desecration of native populations really God’s plan? Or have colonizers turned it into a way to justify their actions.
How can you hold onto a faith that has continually been used to hurt you and the members of the community?’
As a lesbian i have not recieved the same level of persecution in the eyes of the church, but i find it so perplexing that anyone who has been under the churchs knife can still identify as a christian.
I think the reason i was drawn to this course was to learn how people can still believe in something that doesnt believe in them.
Why after all the violence do people still find love?
Any time i have been to church, ive only ever seen people praising and justifying their own violent actions, not condemning them.
https://www.npr.org/2022/07/25/1113498723/pope-francis-apology-canada-residential-schools-indigenous-children
https://sojo.net/articles/us-reckoning-over-church-run-indigenous-boarding-schools-begins

The American church needs to reckon with its legacy in Indigenous boarding schools

Write a 1-page (typed) reflection about something you found particularly interesting or challenging about the reading.

AIM: The aim of this assignment is to help you better understand the different theological texts we are
reading
and to encourage you not only to understand the texts but to wrestle with the ideas therein.
ASSIGNMENT: I will randomly assign you to a specific topic on the course schedule (see the next
page as well as the syllabus for the schedule).
Write a 1-page (typed) reflection about something you found particularly interesting or challenging about
the
reading. You will also come up with three good questions to start your classmates on discussion. When that
actual day of the course comes, you will stand in front of class, sharing your summary or reflection and
asking
your questions.
FORMAT REQUIREMENTS: The summary or reflection should be about 1 typed page. The
Heading for your
summary should consists of only two lines, one for the topic of the day and the other
for your name. The
summary/reflection should follow, double-spaced, 12 pt, Times New Roman only,
please. Margins should be set
at 1 inch all around. After the 1-page reflection, type the 3
discussion questions you are submitting.
HELPFUL POINTERS: Your discussion questions should be interesting to you. Here are a few rules:
open ended
questions are better than yes/no questions. Don’t ask something so vague or general that
no one knows what to say about it. Do not ask a “what” question (like, What did so and so say
about…) unless it’s joined to a “why”
(now, Why do you think he feels this way? Or, why would this
accomplish a certain goal?). If you do a joint what-why question, that should only count as one of your
three required questions.

Provide a brief overview of the requirements and expectations which are specific to this type of chaplaincy/spiritual care.

I. Provide a brief overview of the requirements and expectations which are
specific to this type of chaplaincy/spiritual care.
2. Explore the theological and practical principles that will inform your work. for example what theological
and practical elements will govern your engagement with other faith
traditions as you work in a multi-faith setting.
3. In a summary, discuss the challenges you foresee in fulfilling your role

Write your introduction stating who are older adults consult gerontology literature.

Write your introduction stating who are Older Adults consult gerontology literature. Make case study to their mental health. 3.Address Older Adults experiencing ptsd say why treatment of them is necessary . Suggest the differences possibly, even suggest that there is something different in treating Older Adults Adults than with younger Ones. Make a Case for why Christian or Biblucal Counseling would offer the best treatment plan Approach.

Research project

Research Project
Develop a 12page paper (minimum). All papers must be in size 12 font, must be double-spaced, and must contain a minimum of 10 references (books and professional journal articles). References from popular websites are acceptable as extra sources.
All research projects will culminate in a class presentation the length of which will be determined by class size. The presentation
should be a comprehensive discussion of the paper with brief demonstrations. Video clips may be useful.
In planning for the Case Conceptualization portion of the project, be sure to read the sections on case conceptualization in the text
and see the cases at the end of each theory discussion, which are also in the text.
Each project will begin with a proposal, which must include:
1.Title
2.Outline of the paper
a. Overview of the selected theoretical perspectives and techniques with justifications (you may choose emerging theories in addition to traditional approaches)
b. Literature review
c. Strategies for Case Conceptualization
d. Clinical Assessments and Treatment Planning
e. The role of the Therapist
Ten references (books and professional journals)