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Summer 2018

Module 1: June 18th -July 6th

THEO 60222: Christian Doctrine for Catechists Syllabus
J. Cavadini
This course is intended to serve as a resource for catechists and religious educators. It provides a basic theological introduction to the material represented in Pillars I and II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church : the Creed and the Sacraments. The course is specifically designed to cover this material in a way that will provide facility in teaching it in a variety of contexts. Readings will come not only from the Catechism, but from various primary sources, both traditional and contemporary illustrative of the theology that forms its background. The course will be especially useful for anyone wishing to acquire an understanding of the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith and of the theological integration of these doctrines. Elective

THEO 60601: Foundations of Moral Theology Syllabus
W. Mattison
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 in the academy and in society. 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.  Core

THEO 60181: Theology of Revelation Syllabus
M. Genung

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

THEO 60417: Christian Initiation Syllabus
M. Johnson
This course will trace the historical development of the liturgies and theological interpretations of Christian Initiation in East and West from the New Testament period to the modern period of ecumenical convergence. In light of this historical investigation some modern forms of these rites (e.g., RCIA, LBW, BCP, etc.) will be considered theologically and ecumenically with an eye toward pastoral appropriations and implications. Elective

THEO 60709: Catholicism in the US Syllabus
T. Matovina
This course is a survey history of the Catholic Church in the United States with particular focus on its multicultural origins and development. The course encompasses a chronological survey of Catholicism in the United States, a thematic treatment of select topics in greater depth, and assessment of pastoral practices that effectively address U.S. Catholic faith communities within their broad historical and contemporary context. Elective

THEO 60258: Mary Syllabus
R. Jensen
This course will survey the figure of the Virgin Mary in doctrine, devotion, liturgy, and the arts. The course will begin by examining Mary's role in the New Testament Gospels, and continue with studies of the apocryphal narratives of her birth, childhood, marriage, motherhood, death, and bodily assumption into heaven; the doctrinal debates regarding her title, God-Bearer, in the patristic period; her intercessory role in medieval Christianity; the sixteenth-century Catholic and Protestant Reformation challenges to and reaffirmations of her theological position; and finally her place in contemporary ecumenical dialogue. Special attention will be given to the rich and varied representations of Mary in the history of Christian visual art. Elective

THEO 60848: Theological Integration Syllabus
J. Poorman
(ECHO second-year participants only.) This course represents a continuation of Theology 60847 and is designed to assist apprentice catechetical leaders in the ECHO/Faith Formation Leadership Program in their ongoing integration of theological studies and professional ministerial praxis. Having completed a full academic year of parish ministry, participants nurture their emerging ministerial identities and skills while utilizing class sessions for advanced work in theological reflection based on case study method and for seminar facilitation of conversation on theological topics pertinent to catechetical leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to deepened exploration of ministerial skills and processes emphasized during their first year in ECHO, participants engage in facilitated appropriation of leadership skills such as ministerial collaboration, mutual empowerment, delegation, community building, conflict resolution, volunteer management, parish needs assessment, and effective pastoral communication. Relationship between Christology and Pneumatology in the Writings of Yves Congar, Karl Rahner and Jacques Dupuis, PUG, 1987. ECHO 14

Module 2: July 9th- 27th

THEO 60893: Teaching Theology Syllabus
T. Walatka

This course will provide an introduction to pedagogy for theological educators. The primary focus of the course will be on a) the vocation of teaching theology and b) basic pedagogical principles for the theology classroom. Students will engage educational and sociological research relevant to teaching high school theology and learn pedagogical techniques which build upon this research. Much of the class will be spent working through how to teach key doctrinal moments in the U.S. Catholic Bishops' High School Curriculum Framework in a pedagogically effective manner. Elective

THEO 60884: Trinity & Christian Salvation Syllabus
L. DeLorenzo
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). Core

THEO 60894: Introduction to Catechetical Theology Syllabus
T. O’Malley
This course provides an introduction to the theological principles undergirding the ministry of catechesis. In the first week of the course, we devote significant attention to a theology of revelation grounded in the pedagogy of God. In the second week, we attend to the philosophical and theological foundations of contemporary approaches to catechesis and religious education. In the last week, we develop pedagogical strategies for forming Christians in the liturgical, moral, and spiritual tasks of catechesis. Elective

THEO 60180: The Bible and the Fathers Syllabus
J. Sehorn
For early Christians, the Scriptures were not only a source of doctrinal information. They were also ‘wells’ from which worshipers drew ‘living water’ and were refreshed (Origen), ‘chaste delights’ for those who sought their inner meaning (Augustine), ‘weapons of the spirit’ in the battle against temptation of every kind (Evagrius). This course explores the Bible’s place in early Christian dogmatic debates, liturgical worship, moral and ascetical discipline, and patterns of prayer. As we approach the Fathers’ rich and complex engagement with Scripture, we will seek to identify and understand the theological principles that animated their biblical practice. In turn, we will consider how an appreciation of patristic scriptural exegesis might renew our own use of the Bible in prayer, study, evangelization, and catechesis. Elective

THEO 60453: Catholic Sacraments Syllabus
D. Fagerberg
"Lumen Gentium" says that in the Church, "the life of Christ is poured into the believers who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ who suffered and was glorified" (7). This course will look at the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church as the means whereby Christians are mystically united to the life of Christ. Although we will use a historical framework to organize our material, the main focus of attention will be on the theological dimensions of each sacrament. This will give us the opportunity both to examine particular questions that conditioned the development of current sacramental theology, and the content of each rite as it exists today. Some attention will be paid to the nature of sacramental symbol in general, but the course's primary focus is on the sacraments as liturgical rites by which Christian life is celebrated. Core

THEO 60848: Theological Integration Syllabus
J. Poorman
(ECHO second-year participants only.) This course represents a continuation of Theology 60847 and is designed to assist apprentice catechetical leaders in the ECHO/Faith Formation Leadership Program in their ongoing integration of theological studies and professional ministerial praxis. Having completed a full academic year of parish ministry, participants nurture their emerging ministerial identities and skills while utilizing class sessions for advanced work in theological reflection based on case study method and for seminar facilitation of conversation on theological topics pertinent to catechetical leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to deepened exploration of ministerial skills and processes emphasized during their first year in ECHO, participants engage in facilitated appropriation of leadership skills such as ministerial collaboration, mutual empowerment, delegation, community building, conflict resolution, volunteer management, parish needs assessment, and effective pastoral communication. Relationship between Christology and Pneumatology in the Writings of Yves Congar, Karl Rahner and Jacques Dupuis, PUG, 1987. ECHO 14


Hybrid or Intensive Courses

THEO 68803-01: MA Capstone- Mercy Syllabus
J.M. Ashley
This course will bring together insights from the curriculum that students have taken in diverse fields by looking at the theme of mercy in Catholic theology. Using Walter Kasper's Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life as an anchor text, we will reflect on and interrelate approaches to mercy in systematic theology, biblical studies, moral theology, liturgical studies, historical theology and spirituality studies. 

THEO 68803-02: MA Capstone- Creation (ECHO Program) Syllabus
A. Pagliarini
This course will bring together insights from the curriculum that students have taken in diverse fields by looking at the theme of mercy in Catholic theology. Using Walter Kasper's Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life as an anchor text, we will reflect on and interrelate approaches to mercy in systematic theology, biblical studies, moral theology, liturgical studies, historical theology and spirituality studies. 

THEO 60456: Writing with Light: Byzantine Icons
G. Kordis

The course introduces the student to the theory and practice of the art of Icon Painting, according to the Byzantine Tradition. The basic ideals and principles of the Theory of Byzantine Painting will be presented in relation to Patristic Iconology, on which the art of Iconography is founded. The main aim of the course is to introduce participants to the traditional process of painting an icon with the use of the Egg tempera technique. Students are called to make an icon during the ten class sessions of the course. 

THEO 64210: The Holy Land (Tantur)
G. Reynolds

In our course we will travel to the Holy Land and discover its place in the religious ideas of Christians and Muslims. During our time in the Holy Land we will both study Christian and Islamic texts and witness in person the geography and archaeology of sites important to Christian and Islamic history. The first half of the course is focused on the classical period of the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus through the early Islamic era. We will examine the vision of the Holy Land in the New Testament, the early Christian reception of Jewish veneration for the land of Israel, the triumph of the Byzantine Church, the Islamic conquest of Palestine, and the meaning of the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa mosque. During the second half of the course we will turn to the Crusades and the modern period. We will examine the rise and fall of Crusader States, the centuries of later Islamic rule, and the popular literature, religious pamphlets and websites and social media of the Muslim and Christian faithful today. Through our studies we will both examine the place of the Holy Land in Christian-Muslim Relations, and reflect theologically on the meaning of the Holy Land to the Church. 

Questions about Courses and Syllabi? The syllabus for each course will be posted as they are received on the MA Theology web page. View the Summer 2018 Course Schedule. Students are responsible to read all required readings before arriving to campus in the summer. For questions please contact Margaret McVeigh, Administrative Coordinator for the M.A. Program at 574.631.4256 or by email at margaret.mcveigh@nd.edu.