Catholic Social Teaching
The purpose of this on-line course is to familiarize students with the tradition of Catholic social teaching with a view to developing skills for critical reading and appropriation of these documents. We will examine papal, conciliar, and episcopal texts from Rerum novarum (1891) up to the present time, identifying operative principles, tracing central theological, ethical, and ecclesial concerns, and locating each document in its proper historical context. Requirements: participation in discussion groups, occasional short case commentaries; 3 papers.
Trinity & Christian Salvation: THEO 64839
A famous 20th Century theologian wrote that, "despite their orthodox confession of the Trinity, Christians are, in their practical life, almost mere 'monotheists'." By implication, this would mean that "in their practical life", Christians are not typically in the habit of actually practicing Christianity, since the Christian faith is irreducibly Trinitarian. No study of the Trinity can be strictly removed from the life of faith, and the life of faith for the Christian is ordered to the Persons of the Trinity. This course therefore pursues the contours and the content of the Christian doctrine of God, tracing its developments over the centuries and examining how it is made manifest the Christian life of prayer, liturgy and sacrament, and charity. Since Jesus Christ is at once the revelation of God to man and of man to himself, Christological studies will take a central role in our work. In sum, this course equips and challenges students to grapple with the mystery of St. Paul's teaching that, for the Christian, your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)
This is a core course.
CS Lewis: Vices & Virtues
This course will examine liturgical asceticism, defined as the battle with the vices that occurs on the path to deification. To make that clear we will draw from three reading sources. First, the roots of Christian mysticism in the Church fathers, particularly in the East. Second, the sayings of the desert fathers as they forged this path. And third, the fiction of C. S. Lewis in which he describes the cost of transfiguration. We will use him to begin a conversation on the doctrine of sin (Screwtape Letters) and nature of temptation (Perelandra), sanctifying cooperation with grace (The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe), and the final formation of saints (The Great Divorce, The Last Battle). We will then continue that conversation with other theologians (Augustine, Maximus, Athanasius, Aquinas, Chesterton, Sayers).
This is an elective course.
Spring 2019 Core Course: Sacraments (TBA)
Spring 2019 Elective: Christian Muslim Relations (Gabriel Reynolds)
Fall 2019 Core Course: Introduction to Moral Theology
Fall 2019 Elective: TBA
Spring 2020 Core Course: Theology of Revelation: Jesus in Scripture and Tradition
Spring 2020 Elective: TBA
(Elective on-line courses that will "Be Announced" as they are scheduled will include: Vices & Virtues, Catholic Social Teaching, Theology of Creation, Performing Beauty, Christian Spirituality, The Christian Tradition, Early & Medieval, and other topics arising from the expertise of our Faculty...)