Fall 2016 Course Schedule
The fall 2016 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.
Nature and Mission of the Church Studies the origins of the Church as reflected in the Christian Scriptures. The course examines the nature and mission of the Church as it develops in history and implications for our understanding of issues such as universal salvation, ecumenism, ministry, authority and women. Meets Tuesdays, 6:15-9:15pm
Old Testament 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. Meets Mondays, 6:15-9:15pm
Sexual Morality Presents an historical and systematic inquiry to the origins and development of contemporary Church doctrine in the areas of sex and marriage. The course examines the current debate over questions of sexuality in light of traditional sources, norms and methods of Catholic moral theology. MAT students receive an additional credit for completing a research project. Meets Tuesdays, 6:15-9:15pm
Foundations of Prayer and The Spiritual Life The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s tradition regarding prayer and spirituality. The course will familiarize students with various accounts of prayer the spiritual/interior life, from Scripture to the Fathers to contemporary spiritual writers. By the end of the course, the student should be able to understand and discuss the main themes, principles, and terms of spiritual life. The student should understand public worship and private worship, the call to holiness, the three stages of the interior life, and categories of prayer, infused contemplation, the role of monastic tradition, prayer in the lay vocation, the difference between Christian spirituality and spirituality in other religions. Meets Thursdays, 6:15-9:15pm
Christian Theology of God Presents a Christian understanding of God based on Scripture and the historical tradition, with attention given to questions of interpretation. This course emphasizes careful reading of key magisterial texts, their implications for the development of Christology and Trinitarian theology, and contemporary questions and issues. Meets Wednesdays, 6:15-9:15pm
Pauline Epistles Introduces students to the Pauline letters. Preference is given to the following: 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, Philemon, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Romans. The course examines Paul's life, the letter genre and major themes of the letters. The course may also include the deutero-Pauline letters to show the ways in which the Pauline traditions continued within the primitive church. Meets Thursdays, 6:15-9:15pm