Catholicism In An Ecumenical World

Catholic Perspectives in World Religions

  • Welcome!

    Welcome to the site of the course Catholicism In An Ecumenical World. As we are able to access more of the world with our fingertips, we can also take a look at the cultural aspects of a lot of different peoples. Culture here in America is one thing, but in most places, culture overwhelmingly means one thing: religion.

    We shall explore the deeper beliefs and practices of a number of religions and look at them from their own lenses as well as our own. This site is meant to be somewhat interactive as well, full of resources, exchange, and conversation.

    If you have questions, thoughts, or comments, email me at either of the following addresses:

    jlattanzi@dematha.org
    joshua.lattanzi@gmail.com
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Commenting Policy

One of the things of which I am greatly desirous is for our class to have open-ended conversations that go beyond the classroom.  Therefore, I will be posting a ‘question of the week’ of sorts and I invite all students in the class to respond in the comments section of the post.  I strongly encourage you to pop in at some point and offer your take, opinion, or comment on the topic at hand.  Not only will this foster a continuing conversation, but it can also lead into the next day and so forth. 

All of that being said, however, I do wish to set a few ground rules for these comment boxes.  As a veteran of the ‘blogosphere’, I am keenly and painfully aware of a lot of nonsense that goes on in comment boxes.  It would be easy to simply eliminate them, but you are not middle-school children anymore; you are 17 and 18 years old and should be able to conduct yourselves accordingly.  So here they are:

1) No anonymity – you must have some kind of ‘handle’, that is, a name, even if it is a nickname or alias (one that you will stick with too).  I want to know who is making the comment so that I (or your classmates) can respond. 

2) No personal attacks – It is OK to disagree with someone’s position or opinion.  It is not OK to call that person a name on the basis of his opinion.  We are Gentlemen and Scholars, and therefore need to act the part as well. 

3) Stay on topic – this isn’t the time to discuss the Redskins’ game or the latest episode of CSI (unless I run a post about that specifically). 

4) Address the issue – sort of a combination between 2 and 3, the point is that when you are disagreeing with someone’s opinion (or mine), you need to address the substance of that person’s argument and point out what you think is problematic.  Likewise, do so in a spirit of charity – constructive criticism, in other words.  Example: “I agree with point A, but points B and C are problematic and here is why…

I want this to be a fun, fulfilling learning experience.  I do believe that we can go above and beyond by adding this particular element to the class.  Let’s make it happen, Gentlemen.

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