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The Good Life Course Pairing

Pray Like This: Introduction to Theology (TH 201)

In many ways, the simplest introduction to theology is understanding Jesus' own views about God, the world, and human beings. This course assumes that the Lord's Prayer incorporates substantial answers about these matters, so we will study the Lord's prayer in its biblical, historical, and contemporary contexts.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Arthur M. Sutherland is an Associate Professor of Theology. He has advanced degrees from Yale University Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is concerned about the intersection of Christian thought with the ethics of everyday life.

Human, Animal, Machine: Environmental Philosophy (PL 236)

In this course we look beyond our human selves to that larger natural world of which we are a part. Is nature a kindly mother? Wild and dangerous? A resource for our use? Are animals mindless machines, or do they possess modes of intelligence we have barely begun to appreciate? And how has the pervasive presence of technology changed things? Do our smartphones, TVs, and computers expand and enrich our lives? Or do we live in a technological bubble, cut off from nature and each other? What would it mean to recover a sense of "place," "community," and relatedness to the earth? Using articles, books, film, outside wanders, and our own life experience, we will reflect on such issues. The goal will be to think more deeply about "the good life" for humans, animals, and our imperiled planet.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Drew Leder has a medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has taught at Loyola for many years, with a special interest in Asian and environmental philosophy. He has published six books, both popular and scholarly, which range across issues of world spirituality, the philosophy of medicine, and the plight of inmates in maximum-security settings where he has long volunteered. His work has been featured in newspapers and magazines across the country, ranging from the Washington Post to Family Circle. He lives near Loyola with his wife, dog, and bunny

Mentor Biography

Patrick Durkin is Associate Director of Event Services. A Loyola graduate from the class of 2001, Patrick has been working Full Time at the University in the Event Services department since the Fall of 2001. He is originally from Buffalo, NY (Go Sabres!) where he graduated from Canisius High School. He spends as much time as he can with his two daughters, who are already looking forward to being part of Loyola's classes of 2031 and 2034!

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TH 201 satisfies the Theology Core Requirement for all students. Students will be enrolled in PL 201, the prerequisite for PL 236, in the fall semester. Additionally, students will fulfill their Ethics core requirement in Theology since PL 236 will satisfy the second core requirement in Philosophy or Theology.


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