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Contemporary Religious Issues

  • Grades12th
  • PrerequisitesNone
  • DatesSession 1: June 1-23 & Session 2: June 1-22, 2022
  • Credits.333
  • Price$700

Contemporary Religious Issues (CRI): Religion & Technology takes a critical look at recent and emerging technologies from a generic religious perspective, namely, the view that human beings, as the likeness of God, are meant to be in loving relationship with each other.

The course begins with a detailed exposition of the three aspects of love—romantic (eros), filial (storge), and friendly (philia)—and then proceeds to examine and evaluate various technological developments in the light of these aspects. Specifically, students are asked to consider whether (1) human enhancement technologies (genetic engineering, bionic prosthetics, psychotropic drugs), (2) automation technologies (robotics, artificial intelligence), and (3) technologies that mediate or replace human relationships (social media, smart devices, virtual and augmented reality, artificially intelligent companions) threaten our ability to enter into, strengthen, and preserve loving relationships.

The principal goals of Contemporary Religious Issues are for students to learn to judge technology according to an ethical standard, in this case, a religious ethical standard, and for them to begin to think about the potentially dangerous changes that new technologies will bring about in their lifetimes. This is a one trimester course which counts .333 credits toward Parish graduation requirements, and it fulfills the 12th grade religious studies requirement.

This summer, our Contemporary Religious Issues course will be offered in two sections during the first summer session (June 1st to July 8th). Please choose the Section that best suits your summer schedule. Students may only attend in-person classes for the section they are registered for. They may NOT attend the other instructor’s sessions. 

Students are required to attend four of seven face-to-face sessions. Instructors will contact students with more information and a location before courses begin.

Dates & Times

Course Attendance Requirements: 4 classes*

Section 1 – Dr. Brad Blue: 

All classes meet from 12:30-2:00pm.

  • June 1
  • June 3
  • June 7
  • June 9
  • June 15
  • June 21
  • June 23

All work must be turned in for a final grade by midnight, July 8.

Section 2 – Dr. Courtney O’Dell Chaib:

All classes meet from 10:00-11:30am.

  • June 1
  • June 6
  • June 8
  • June 13
  • June 15
  • June 20
  • June 22

All work must be turned in for a final grade by midnight, July 8.

Program Instructor

Brad Blue

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Program Instructor

Courtney O’Dell-Chaib

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