Concordia University

Saint Augustine's Confessions

THEO 643
M 6-8:15 p.m.

This seminar offers an introduction to and a close reading of Augustine’s Confessions, perhaps the most famous work of Christian theology, in which Augustine narrates his early life and conversion to Christianity. Each class will focus on the historical and philosophical background to each Book of the Confessions, attending to such questions as: what is a confession and how does it relate to autobiography? How are we best to understand this text, as a work of theology, philosophy, or literature (or is that division even helpful)? It will also give students a sense of later theological and philosophical importance of particular aspects of the Confessions.

Taught by Jean-Michel Roessli.

Gnosticism and the New Testament

THEO 319
M 6-8:15 p.m.

Gnosticism is the name given to a fascinating variety of religious ideas and systems where the human soul was seen as a divine spark trapped in a material body. The Gnostics sought to put themselves in direct contact with this divine spark and gain knowledge (gnosis) that would release them from material world and re-join the eternal Divine (God).

Gnosticism was highly influential and deemed a heresy by what was later called orthodox Christianity. Its heavy influence by Greek metaphysical thought would be adopted by the Church, and Orthodox Christianity to a large degree defined itself against Gnosticism. Some even argue that Gnosticism should be seen as true Christianity.

This course will study the Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi as well as the more recently discovered gospels of Judas and Mary Magdalene. The course will begin with describing the finding of the texts at Nag Hammadi and an overview of Christianity in the first two centuries before studying these ancient texts in detail.

Taught by Steven R. Scott

Theology and Myth

THEO 223

This course is a comparative study of mythology.  

The focus is on the role of myths in Christian theology, e.g. creation myths, origins of humanity, salvation myths, and others.

Lecturer: Adriana Bara

Introduction to Christian Spirituality

THEO 205
T 6-8:15 p.m.

The characteristics of Christian spirituality, its roots in scripture, the balance between contemplation and action, its communal dimension, its attitude to the world, are analyzed through the study of a selection of men and women whose lives exemplify various aspects of Christian spirituality over the past two thousand years. The course examines notions of transcendence and immanence, individuality and collectivity, nature and the divine.

Taught by Jean-Michel Roessli.

Celtic Christianity


This online course offered, in the Department of Theological Studies and the School of Canadian Irish Studies, explores the dynamic spiritual cultures that arose at the north-west edges of Europe in the early Middle Ages.  Here we find a subtle, profound and sometimes paradoxical  spiritual  awareness expressed in stunning art, literature and scholarship that shone like a beacon in the so-called “Dark Ages”, and that remains relevant for cultural, environmental and spiritual creativity even today.

Taught by Sara Terreault.

Back to top

© Concordia University