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Jesuit Tradition?

MrSuddenMrSudden Registered User Posts: 380 Member
edited January 2010 in Georgetown University
Hi. :) I have a few questions about the Jesuit Tradition.

What exactly is the Jesuit tradition at GU? Is it weird if I'm not Christian and applying there? Is Christianity a big part of GU?

Thanks! :D
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Replies to: Jesuit Tradition?

  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 31,328 Senior Member
    Georgetown was the first university in the country to have an imam on campus. They also have a rabbi. While obviously a large portion of their students are Christian and many of them are also Catholic, lots aren't.

    There are jesuits living in the dorms. You do have to take two "theology" courses, but if you check what counts, you'll see that they are some very interesting courses. Our tourguide took one course on Existentialism and the growth of the secular French state for one of the courses. (Or something like that.)

    If you want a history of the Jesuit tradition - I suggest you read what they say about it on their website and perhaps someplace like wikipedia.
  • sdr691sdr691 Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    A lot of people here aren't observant Christian, or Christian at all, so if you aren't Christian it isn't weird. Catholicism definitely appears in life at Georgetown, but it isn't big unless you want it to be important to you. Also, the chaplains in my dorm aren't even Christian - one is Jewish and the other is Muslim. Georgetown is pretty liberal for a Catholic school, as you will find with Jesuit Catholic schools.

    As mathmom said, there is a theology requirement (in the college, it's 2 theology classes - most people take Problem of God, but you can also take Biblical Literature [bib lit]. Problem of God is a good way to get through the requirement and I happened to like my class a lot. There are a lot of interesting electives to fulfill the second half of the requirement, too. Anyway, my point is that you shouldn't worry.
  • ao1313ao1313 Registered User Posts: 241 Junior Member
    Hey Im right here with you. I applied to Georgetown and I am completely non religious. I am an Agnostic. But the thing is, I have no problem with religious people unless theyre like to the extreme. My interviewer told me that they never try to shove religion down your throat or anything. I also heard that there are so many non catholic people who go there so I think it will be okay!
  • MichiganWarriorMichiganWarrior Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    let's just say my problem of god class had more atheists/deists/agnostics than all other religions combined

    dont worry
  • R124687R124687 Registered User Posts: 1,513 Senior Member
    However, someone should address for Mr. Sudden how the Jesuit tradition DOES play a part in your everyday life. Some of the things I've read on CC that stick out for me are the seeming intolerance for things that are decidedly "un-Catholic" such as abortion and gay lifestyles. I am concerned that these will be an issue should my D attend. I know she is VERY big on complete diversity, and anyone having their own choices in these matters. She might be the type to get red faced if confronted with people who wanted to ARGUE that it's their way or the highway. I know there is some TOLERANCE on issues such as these, but I've gotten a feeling (only from CCers) that there might not be much true ACCEPTANCE. Right? Wrong?
  • gekkomangekkoman Registered User Posts: 242 Junior Member
    So those who TOLERATE abortion and gay life styles have to ACCEPT them??
  • ao1313ao1313 Registered User Posts: 241 Junior Member
    wait so would that mean that Liberals would be hard to go there? because of prochoice, pro gay and agnostic. lol but i really liked the school so I applied.
  • waitinginruralwvwaitinginruralwv Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Actually, Georgetown Univerisity's College Democrats is the largest and most active organization on campus (with over 2500 members in their database). While the University is affiliated with the Catholic Church, they are open to creating a dialogue. The Jesuits are actually one of the most liberal Catholic priests. Being in DC, it's hard to NOT have diversity. In fact, during NSO (New Student Orientation) there is a major role in discussing "Pluralism in Action", which examines the Diverse Campus and encourages knowledge of the Whole Individual. Cura Personalis, which is care for the entire person and one of Georgetown's Mottos.
  • R124687R124687 Registered User Posts: 1,513 Senior Member

    No, "tolerate" doesn't MEAN "accept". But that pretty much illustrates what I'm asking to hear. Exactly that kind of response. Because, at a LOT of schools, an extreme liberal will be ACCEPTED. At some schools...TOLERATED. That is definitely a different environment, so I thought it would be interesting to address it because that IS the difference I'm "feeling" about Georgetown. Mine you, I'm ALMOST as conservative as it gets, and I'd love to see my D at a place like Georgetown, BUT...I don't really think it suits HER style that much. Even given that she's neither of the things I mentioned...I know how VERY strongly she values everyone having their own style/voice. If her best friend was a gay boy, and this gay boy felt that his presence at Georgetown was only tolerated, so he wasn't happy..then she wouldn't be happy either. Ya know? Just feeling around...looking for some of the subtleties in one campus versus the other.
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