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Course Offerings Religion Department Departments
Bible: Living Word of God
Christ: God's Love, Visible
Church and Sacraments
Paschal Mystery
World Religions
Honors World Religions
Morality and Christian Vocation
Catholic Social Teaching
Campus Ministry
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Philosophy of God
Theological Foundations

We, the Religion Department of Christian Brothers College High School, see our educational role at CBC as a central and fundamental part of the educational mission of the school. Though the teaching of religion plays a vital role, it is only one element within the larger Christian educational framework of the school and can only support and reinforce the primary role of the parents and the family in the human and Christian education of youth. We know, too, that the passing on of the Gospel values requires a commitment to more than the imparting of information and we feel deeply the call to share with the students the struggles of life as they attempt to grow in an ever changing and challenging world. We strive to impart a thorough understanding of Catholic Christianity and acceptance of the commitments and duties of faithful Catholics. We personally seek to model a commitment to love these, our “younger brothers,” and give them a sense of their own worth and giftedness that they, too, might be free to love others as their brothers and sisters.

We seek to educate our students to think reflectively about their experiences, beliefs and values and to understand these in relation to the experiences, beliefs and, values of the Lasallian, Catholic tradition. We desire that each of our students make free, personal decisions regarding this religious tradition and the beliefs and values therein. We seek to facilitate the passage of the student from a childhood faith to an adult faith that will enable him to enter into a full participation and commitment to a relationship with God and a belonging to the Church.

Service Requirement
Freshman Year: 16 hours, with at least 8 completed in the first semester
Sophomore Year: 16 hours, with at least 8 completed in the first semester
Junior Year: 50 hours of direct, interpersonal service with people in need, at an agency
Senior Year: 32 hours of direct interpersonal service with people in need, at an agency

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BIBLE: LIVING WORD OF GOD
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the Sacred Scriptures and to the unfolding of salvation history, with a particular focus on Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of salvation history. Revelation, both Divine and natural, is explored, as are inspiration, interpretation, and exegesis. The course guides the students in coming to know the people of salvation history, including the early leaders of Israel; the judges, kings, and the prophets; and the history of salvation as revealed in the New Testament. The students also learn about the role of the Scriptures in the life of faith for the individual, as it informs their vocation, as well as for the life of the Church.
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CHRIST: GOD'S LOVE, VISIBLE
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen
Course Description: This course leads the student toward a deeper understanding of divine Revelation, the Trinity, Jesus’ significant relationships, Jesus’ teachings, Jesus’ example, salvation, and discipleship as a response to God’s love. We will study the Incarnation of God in Jesus as a model and inspiration for the work of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Lasallian world.
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CHURCH AND SACRAMENTS
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores
Course Description: This course focuses on the foundation and mission of the Church--Christ’s mystical body in the world today. Students will begin by exploring issues related to the origin and history of the early Church, and then will proceed to study both the hierarchical structure of the Church, as well as what it means to be a part of a community of faith in our world today.  Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the Sacraments of Initiation as indispensable aspects of the Church’s life.
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PASCHAL MYSTERY
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores
Course Description: This course examines Christ’s life, passion, death, and Resurrection and the promise of salvation gained thereby. Emphasis will be placed on our fallen human nature as a result of Original Sin, our need for redemption, and the mission of Christ to restore us to the union with God originally intended for mankind. Throughout the course, the students will be asked to reflect on how the truths of the Paschal Mystery affect our understanding of the nature of God.
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WORLD RELIGIONS
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors
Course Description: This course treats religious experiences as the human response to the mystery of life. In this course, students study the major world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, the Baha’i Faith, Judaism Christianity, and Islam. The beliefs, concerns, practices, and questions of each of these traditions are examined. Representatives from any of these religions are invited as guest speakers to explain their religion or denomination. Besides regular class work, book reports on other religions and visit reports on the worship services of other religions are requested.
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HONORS WORLD RELIGIONS
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors; Department approval; 3.00 cumulative GPA
Course Description: This course will introduce students to eight of the world’s major religious traditions. Students will also be introduced to many of the sects and denominations which exist within each of these traditions. The focus will be upon the doctrine, worship and moral/ethical codes of each religious tradition, as well as upon the effects of these upon the lives of their respective adherents. Our objectives will not be limited to the study of each tradition within itself but to discover the social, political and other impacts which each has exercised, and is exercising, upon the world community. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the following: the founding principles, geographical origins, and key historical events of the world’s major religious traditions, the essential similarities and differences among the religious traditions we will study, how the Roman Catholic Church views each of the world’s major religious traditions and their teachings, and the way religious beliefs of these faiths impact contemporary world events and how such events impact the continuing evolution of each faith.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis if they meet all UMSL requirements.
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MORALITY AND CHRISTIAN VOCATION
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors
Course Description: The course will begin with a general discussion of the nature of morality and moral action. Emphasis will be placed on the objectivity and non-arbitrariness of morality, and its close connection with who we are as human beings created in the image of God. From there, it will move on to a discussion of the moral decision-making process. Following this general treatment of morality, we will move into a discussion of the virtues and vices.  The course will conclude with a discussion of some of the more important and hotly-debated moral issues today, such as life issues, sexuality, and issues of social justice, and the Catholic Church’s stance on these issues. All of these topics, however, will be addressed with a view to morality as the response to God’s invitation to love as He has first loved us, which is our Christian Vocation.
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CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors
Course Description: This course leads the students toward a deeper understanding of the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching. The course begins by examining the foundations of Catholic social teaching in Scripture and Tradition. The students then explore the tremendous growth in this teaching over the last century as the Church has responded to our rapid and far-reaching changes in society. Later units explore specific social issues, such as protecting human life at its beginning and at its end, poverty and hunger, war and peacemaking, economic justice, and environmental justice.  The students are called to reflect on Christ’s call to live justly and confront sinful social structures.
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CAMPUS MINISTRY
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Department approval
Course Description: This course will immerse students into the history and spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle to prepare them as the spiritual leaders of the school. In addition to course work, students in this class will be required to lead the rest of the student body to a deeper sense of the presence of God surrounding them through the facilitation of retreats and service opportunities. As a Lasallian school, the mission of CBC is to meet the needs – including the spiritual needs – of every student, and the seniors in this course will provide the school with the opportunity to do this most effectively.
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HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors
Course Description: This course will explore the history of and the complex moral dilemmas surrounding the Holocaust and other more contemporary episodes of genocide.
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PHILOSOPHY OF GOD
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Department approval; 3.00 cumulative GPA

Course Description: This course will begin by raising fundamental questions about the issue of truth in general, and what it means to commit ourselves to the pursuit of any sort of truth, and especially to the truth of God’s existence and our relationship with him as his creatures. The course will then proceed to investigate some of the major philosophical issues surrounding questions about God and how philosophers in different periods have approached these questions. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Christian philosophical tradition, culminating in a discussion of the arguments for and against God’s existence.  The goal of this course is to provide students with the rational foundation needed to embrace, appreciate, and respond to our belief in God in a rational and informed way.

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THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Department approval; 3.00 cumulative GPA
Course Description: This course seeks to educate students in a critical discourse with human experience, biblical origins, historical foundations, and historical developments of the Christian tradition. The course provides opportunity for human enrichment through creative questioning, awareness of Christian cultures, access to other cultural and religious contexts through comparative study, and a balanced appreciation of Christianity as a vital element in our global heritage. Students will further their study of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures with an emphasis on important texts and theological issues. We will also draw upon the liturgy as a primary source for understanding the One Christian Mystery and will consider various forms of art as potential ways of “doing” Christian theology. Students will explore how historical and literary criticism help in understanding fundamental theological concepts such as God, revelation, faith, creation, covenant, and salvation history. In post-biblical developments, students will study the early experience of Christians, especially as they learned to articulate their faith in Christ and thereby developed their understanding of the triune God. Students will be challenged to acquire the targeted skills of reading, writing, and speaking theologically. They will also be encouraged to consider how critical, careful and creative theological questioning can deepen their understanding of God, the world, and the human condition.

Students are eligible for college credit through Saint Louis University if they meet all 1818 requirements.
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