Fall 2015 Course Schedule

June 17, 2015

The fall 2015 line up of course offerings represent a robust mix of academically centered and pastorally focused opportunities to expand knowledge of our faith. As we grow in our faith, we are equipped to share the saving message of Christ and witness to others in a transformative way.

The School of Divinity is committed to sustaing a fatih-filled environment, one that seeks to deepen the integration of study and wisdom in the service of truth.

Theology of the Church, Dr. Christian Washburn

Provides an in-depth scriptural and historical examination of the mystery of the Church. Students will explore the historical origins of contemporary issues in ecclesiology such as universal salvation, Christian unity, authority and collegiality, the role of laity and infallibility. Additional topics include the mission, membership and ministries of the Catholic Church in the world, and its relationship to other churches.

Patristics, Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk 

Introduces the literature and theological themes of the patristic period, from the first to the seventh centuries. The course emphasizes reading and discusses primary sources in translation. Themes may include the formation of Christian doctrine, the Church, spiritual life broadly construed, the interpretation of the Bible, the relation of faith and culture, and the emergence of a Christian consciousness of history. 

Theology of God and the Human Person, Dr. William Stevenson

Presents an understanding of God based on Scripture and the historical tradition, with special attention given to interpretation. Central is the belief that Jesus fully reveals both God and what it means to be fully human. This course emphasizes key conciliar texts and the direction they give to the development of Christology and Trinitarian theology and their implications for Christian anthropology. Students will have an opportunity to apply their learning to catechetical and pastoral ministry topics.

Old Testament, Dr. Paul Niskanen

Surveys the major genres of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Deutero-canonical books of the Bible, addressing questions of historical and literary context and their theological themes.Introduces various 11 approaches to the study of the Old Testament and focuses on Catholic views of canon, inspiration and interpretation. Gives attention to the use of the Old Testament in ministerial settings and as a source for the teaching and worshipping ministries of the Church.

Complementarity and the Church, Dr. Deborah Savage

The aim of this course is to explore the meaning and significance of the complementarity of men and women and its implications for building up the Body of Christ in the family, in the Church, and in the world. Pastoral Ministers and Catechetical leaders need to understand the church’s teachings on these questions so that they can convey it to those they serve, as well as inform their work in concrete ways. This course will also clarify the complementary roles of the ministerial priesthood and the laity in the Church. It is designed to equip those who are preparing to serve as pastoral ministers and catechetical leaders to understand and articulate the Church’s teaching on these matter and ground their own pastoral work in that teaching.

Stewardship and Sustainability, Dr. Christopher Thompson

This course will provide the occasion to consider the complex issue of “environmental stewardship” from the perspectives of traditional Catholic theses concerning the meaning of creation and the status of the human person within it. Special emphasis is given to the Thomistic categories of natural philosophy and theology. The seminar course will include common readings to be discussed at each class in light of fundamental themes developed throughout the whole.

Catholicism and the American Experiment, Jason Adkins, esq.

This course explores the ways in which Catholics, and the Church as an institution have wrestled with the question of whether the theological commitments of Catholicism are compatible or in tension with the ideological commitments of the American republic.  It examines these questions in light of the Church’s missionary endeavors, its engagement in public life, and the developments in Americans’ self-understanding of the American experiment.

Readings in Aquinas: Secunda Secundae, Dr. John Froula  

This course examines the method, thought, and personality of Aquinas as well as the historical context and contemporary relevance of his work. The course emphasizes careful reading of selected texts of the Secunda secundae of the Summa Theologiae.

For detailed informaiton regarding course meeting days and times, as well as registration information, please contact Amy Burback, Graduate Admissions Counselor.