Spring 2020

Spring 2020

THEO64110: Theology of Revelation

A. Pagliarini

God Speaks to us through the Word in Scripture and Tradition. This course intends (1) to provide a deeper knowledge of the Word as He conveys Himself through these two "Streams" of Revelation and (2) to give students the skills necessary to lead others (and themselves) in the ongoing task of theology -- of, that is, faith seeking understanding. In particular, we will study (1) the relation of natural knowledge and divine revelation; (2) the "streams" of revelation that are Scripture and Tradition; (3) the relation between these two and the means of interpreting them; and (4) the salient content of this revelation as it is communicated in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the first several centuries of the Catholic Tradition. Core - Online, 3 credits


THEO64837: Christian Eschatology

T. Walatka

"Eschatology," the study of the "last things" and includes theological reflection upon the realities of death, judgment, heaven, hell, purgatory, and the consummation of all God's creation in the life of God. This course will explore the nature and scope of Christian hope historically and systematically. In the first half of the course we will focus most intensely on the doctrine of the resurrection of the body, analyzing the beginnings, historical developments, and practical implications of belief in the resurrection and how this belief shapes various dimensions of Christian hope. We will then turn to classical accounts of heaven, hell, and purgatory and contemporary engagements with important eschatological questions. Central questions for the course include the following: how do we imagine the final state for which we hope? Why hope for the resurrection of the body and not just the immortality of the soul? How do the Church's teachings on eschatology impact another aspects of Christian thought and the living of the Christian life? Elective - Online, 3 credits


THEO64406: Performing Beauty

T. O'Malley

This course offers an entrée to themes at the intersection of liturgy, theology, and aesthetics. The class will introduce students to major questions in theological aesthetics as they relate to liturgy. To what extent is beauty part of divine revelation, and how does "liturgical beauty" reveal? What role does art, drama, and poetry play in liturgical rites? Is there a beautiful way to participate in the liturgy, and if so, what is it? How does one judge the beauty of a prayer, a rite, a church, a sermon, or a piece of music? The course will examine these questions, not simply through an examination of systematic texts but through historic study of specific incarnations of liturgical beauty. These incarnations of beauty will include rituals, prayer texts, sermons, devotional books, mystagogical treatises, liturgical drama, poetry, hymnody, architecture, as well as painting and iconography. Elective - Ft. Wayne Diocesan Course, 3 credits (Archbishop Noll Catholic Center- Fort Wayne, IN)

Friday - February 7, March 6, May 1 - 5:00-8:00pm

Saturday - February 8, March 7, May 2 - 8:30-12:00pm