Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Theology is a course requirement at Notre Dame but despite that, this foundations course proved very intriguing and spiritually stimulating. Classmates who were not of the Catholic religion were very involved in discussion and intrigued in the teachings. Although being a Catholic myself, I was never very active in my church back home but I found the lectures and readings very interesting and eye-opening to stories I heard while growing up about the Bible.
The course was divided into different sections mostly depicting sections of the Old Testament and New Testament from the bible. We started learning about the two different origin stories in the bible, which I had no idea were two completely different stories. and then moved on through to the relationship or covenant between YHWH and Israel. My favorite part of the course was mostly in the New Testament discussions, more specifically about Jesus. I enjoyed learning through interesting readings that Jesus's famous teachings in the Sermon on the Mount were considered somewhat revolutionary and not mainstream to what people at the time considered moral doings. Throughout the course I gained a basic yet somewhat in-depth understanding of the Bible story and its historical contexts which is helpful for further spiritual study in the future.
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For students coming into this course I would definitely have an open-mind to the subject. Because it is a requirement at this school I would avoid being so negative and quick to disparaging it because it can be quite the opposite. Professor Lantigua although assigns reading for every class, does not require much work other than four unit reflections, two papers, and two unit exams. As recommended with every discussion-heavy course, do the readings for every class. It is very important as their information and insights will be required in your papers and it is beneficial in gaining an overall understanding and education of the teachings of the class. Class participation in discussion is also a recommendation as it shows and interest in the subject, something the Professor will take note of.