This course and its partner, CTC I, are organized around the theme of “Christian Humanism.” Christian Humanism is our name for an integrative, Christ-centred approach to human identity and world-engagement that flows directly from the gospel and its interpretation in the early church. “God became human so that we could become fully human by becoming like Christ” is the joyous, liberating Christian humanist message. In this course, we explore how this good news has shaped the Christian faith and its impact on culture. What does it mean to live out the Christian Story comprehensively and with integrity in the midst of cultures shaped to some or a great extent by counter-stories? What does it mean, in the broadest terms, to confess that JESUS IS LORD – a statement that lays claim to all of human thought and activity, public as well as private, to all of history, and indeed to the entire created world? These are some of the questions CTC aims to address. Along with CTC I, the course is intended to provide an historical, theological, and cultural complement to OT and NT Foundations, and Church History I & II. CTC I covers the period from the beginning of Christianity to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century and its immediate aftermath. CTC II covers the period from the early seventeenth century down to the present (i.e., modernity, post-(or late) modernity, and most recent cultural developments.
On Campus and Online: This course is being offered on campus and online in Winter 2023. Students may apply to take this course online when registering for the course through REGIS. In order to support students who are unable to attend the regular online class sessions, recordings will be made available on the course Moodle page for 48 hours following each class. In some cases, attendance at other sessions may be required.