Fall 2021

Fall 2021

THEO64649: Fundamentals of Moral Theology
Professor: J. Sikorski
Description: This course introduces the history and patterns of thought that provide the foundations for contemporary discussions about moral theology in the Roman Catholic Church. Its central aim will be to position moral theology as a practical and pastoral expression of Christian faith, but also as a tradition of inquiry relevant to wider discussions about moral matters. Topics to be considered include: sources for moral theology, genres of moral writing, the nature of the human person and her relationship to the community of disciples, the dynamics of moral action, and the topics of freedom, experience, authority, virtue, and forgiveness. Course requirements include two short reflection papers and a final research paper, which may be customized to students' own ongoing pastoral and/or academic questions. (required)

THEO64110: Theology of Revelation
Professor: A. Pagliarini

Description: 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. (required)

THEO64288: Roads to God
Professor: O. Therrien

Description: This course covers representative theologies from the 6th century to the 21rst century, from St. Benedict to Dorothy Day. Our reflection on these theologies will be loosely centered around a metaphor that many of the texts use or imply, that of a ‘road' or the ‘way' to God. What could be the meaning of this metaphor?—especially since none of the texts we will read believe that God can be located in any particular place. As we attend to this discovery, the course will also allow students to become familiar with major figures and positions within the Christian Tradition, including a sense of the variety of theological genres across the centuries, all while helping students develop and refine skills in the reading and interpretation of theological texts. Hopefully these goals also allow the course to assist students in their own reflections on the life of faith. (elective)