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Fall 2018 

THEO 64839: Trinity & Christian Salvation
Lenny 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 Course

THEO 64409: CS Lewis: Vices & Virtues
David Fagerberg

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). Elective
 

Spring 2019 

THEO 64408: Sacraments - Core Course
Katherine Mahon

THEO 64286: Qur'an's Relation to the Bible
Gabriel Reynolds
In our course we will consider Christianity's encounter with Islam, from the Islamic conquests of the 7th century to the internet age. The first section of the course is historical. We will examine how various historical contexts have affected the Christian understanding of Muslims and Islam, from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad to September 11 and beyond. The second section of the course is systematic. How are Christians today to respond to Islam, in light of recent world events and recent Church teaching? In addressing this question we will analyze primary theological sources that express a range of responses, from pluralism to dialogue to evangelism. Students in this class will be introduced to the Quran, to the life of Muhammad, to the difference between Sunni and Shi'ite Islam, to Church teaching on Christianity's relationship with Islam, and to trends in the theology of religions. Elective
 

Fall 2019: Introduction to Moral Theology (David Lantigua)
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 Course

Fall 2019 Elective: TBA

Spring 2020: Theology of Revelation: Jesus in Scripture and Tradition (Anthony 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 Course

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...)