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THE 154 Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition (3 credits)

Courses in this area will lead students to explore tension and cohesion between faith traditions and "reason traditions" in the contemporary world from a variety of disciplinary and thematic approaches. Such courses will be largely epistemological in their focus. Courses in the Faith and Reason area will provide students with appropriate intellectual frameworks that would enable them to analyze and evaluate challenges such as these: the rationality of religious belief; the compatibility of religious belief and various scientific traditions; the challenge of religious diversity; the problem of evil; the apparent irrelevance of religious belief in a liberal society governed by secular reason the easy transition from religious tolerance to religious relativism. These courses will, thus, reflect a foundational commitment of the Roman Catholic tradition: open engagement with difficult questions concerning both reason and religious belief. Signature Core Course for all students.