The course will first look at the time we are in, both on local and global levels, in consecrated life and the world in which we live. The readings will be related to consecrated life and also include current readings that call forth consecrated life at this time. The course will be both foundational and capacity building for theologically engaging, creatively imagining and plan building for persons, communities and congregations.
Through a close reading and comparative analysis of their writing this course will explore how Metz and Moltmann developed their theologies in response to a changing social and political situation. We will also consider the relationship between political theology and the theology of hope, as well as the major critiques of this project from other contextual settings, such as those of feminist, liberationist and public theological approaches. In addition to engaging in bi-monthly, seminar-style i.
Given that all theology is contextual, how do we make theological sense of our own context in the U.
Guess what. None of us except for you are LDS. He fulfilled the Law! The Bible, in all its parts, is intended to communicate to humanity the realities of redemption. Choosing a Bible reading plan or study guide will help you have a more focused time of reading and study. Paul contemplated and developed them for several years before he went to visit the Mother Church and its leaders in Jerusalem cf.
What homegrown resources, both philosophical and theological, can we draw on to wrestle more deeply with the religious implications of longstanding American myths like individualism, exceptionalism, fundamentalism, and nativism? This course explores questions like these by focusing on the contested relationship between the individual and the social, between faith and experience, and between belief and social action. D Postmodern Theologies 3 credits This course introduces and explores contemporary theological movements, thinkers, and texts generally classified as postmodern.
Among the varieties of postmodern theological thought examined in this course include those informed by movements such as Deconstruction, Poststructuralism, and other forms of continental philosophy of religion and critical theory. This course considers the implications, resources, and challenges that postmodern thought presents to key theological loci within the Christian tradition.
This course will examine the theology of St.
Augustine, considering both the context out of which his theological writing emerged as well as the way in which it has been received and adapted within the Christian Church historically and within contemporary society. This course provides a systematic treatment of the foundations of Christology in a post-critical context.
It is concerned with the possibility of constructing and evaluating Christology after one has subjected the Bible to the analysis of historical-critical studies, and after one has become thoroughly aware of the profound historicity of the Christian faith-community and its doctrines. This course consists of an historical and systematic study of the understanding of the church in the Christian tradition and in contemporary thought. Special attention is given to ecclesiological themes and issues which are critical for life in the church today and especially Mary, the mother of the church.
This course offers an historical and contextual approach to the key themes of theological anthropology including creation, nature, grace, sin, and eschatology, among others. Special attention is given throughout the course to the relationships between theology and science, traditions and cultures, as well as contemporary questions, concerns, and insights about the human person from a Christian perspective in the world church.
The scandalous reality of an unequal world compels theology to recognize a kairos, an opportune time, in which it is called to read the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Reign of God. Two eminent Dominican theologians bear special witness to this call: Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutierrez, OP, a leading figure in liberation theology, the ecclesial-theological movement that emerged from the cruel context of Latin America; and Dutch scholar Edward Schillebeeckx, OP, who proposed to be a Western dialogue partner to liberation theology in his later, praxis-oriented theology.
The course is an exploration of the continuing relevance of Schillebeeckx and Gutierrez, and how they may be brought to a critical and creative dialogue through the prism of an option for the poor. Counted among the great theologians of the twentieth century, with more than four hundred published works, Edward Schillebeeckx addresses a wide range of theological questions with great depth and a passionate concern for humanity.
The stark reality of human suffering has challenged the minds of philosophers and religious thinkers through the ages. It also engages the minds and hearts of pastoral ministers. The course looks at two important but different theologians. Thomas Aquinas draws from an Aristotelian and medieval world-view. Karl Rahner presents a theology fashioned from the modern world of self and history. Each theologian will be studied out of his historical context and in light of his sources.
The focus for both theologies is the presence of God in the world within and beyond creation: what Jesus calls the reign of God and Christians call grace. Other theological areas flow from this.
The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith. BD Feminist Hermeneutics in Bible and Theology 3 credits A team-taught seminar that investigates biblical texts and doctrinal themes such as God, Christ, Trinity, creation, theological anthropology, sin and evil, Mary, church, and ministry from a feminist perspective. A seminar intended for doctoral and M.
It serves also as a methods course for D. Much misunderstood, inculturation will be carefully explicated, theoretically and practically. Study methods by which Christianity and a culture may actually encounter each other. The outcome with the Spirit and local people is a new reality: the People of God Transformed.
Begins with a historical perspective and then looks at the theologies and forms of interreligious dialogue today.
The actual praxis of dialogue will be integral to the course. This course is an invitation for students to journey into a deeper understanding of God the Trinity whom Christians witness through their lives. It offers a critical and constructive theological reflection on the mystery of the Triune God—a plenitude of self-giving love—in ways that are relevant to the concrete realities of our present world.
The course is informed by the perspectives of the practice of ministry, theological method, the history of doctrine, and contextual-intercultural perspectives. An investigation of the meaning of the person and work of Jesus Christ for Christian faith today. Special emphasis given to emerging christologies in the World Church, constructing christologies today, and the final consummation of all things in Christ. As locus theologicus,— a site for theological discovery—cinema can inspire our theological imagination so that we are able to clarify and integrate a trinitarian vision of living together interculturally.
This elective is an invitation for students to deepen in their understanding of God the Trinity whom Christians witness as Diversity-in-Communion. As Christianity becomes post-western, the church in Asia will have an increasingly significant role in the church of the future.
This course is an introduction to the theology emerging from the Asian church. It begins by looking at the context of Asia and then explores how theology addresses the realities of the many poor, many religions, and many cultures of Asia. Explores the theory and praxis of interreligious dialogue, including the influence of personal, social, and extra-religious factors. A doctoral seminar in emerging issues in theological anthropology in the World Church today, as well as new challenges to the Christian understanding of the human being. Emphasis is placed on the different contexts in which these issues and challenges are encountered.
This course focuses on the historical, critical, and comparative study of religions. It begins by looking at what has come to be known as the History of Religions and especially the history of the academic study of religion. The second part of the course is Comparative Theology and entails reflection on theological themes and methods across religious traditions. Inspired by the outstanding women who have presented the prestigious St. While classes will provide an overview the variety of key contributions from these women, opportunities will be provided for students to have direct contact with one of a select group of theologians in person or through IT and sustain a dialogue with her as the student studies her work.
Public theology attempts to identify the criteria by which theology can guide public behavior, influence public policy, and shape public discourse. This course will focus on the Catholic tradition of public theology from the New Testament down to the twenty-first century with a particular emphasis on the practical dilemmas these choices raise in ministry. In this course, students will become acquainted with the principal methodologies that have been used in recent Roman Catholic theology: in systematic theology, and in theological ethics.
Students will be able to compare the strengths and limits of the different methodologies and become more proficient in the critical reading of theological texts. It will then reflect on the four major Constitutions that the Council produced—documents on the Liturgy, Revelation, the Church, and the Church in the Modern World—and on selected additional documents, such as those on the Laity, Missionary Activity, Non-Christian Religions, and Religious Freedom.
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The course will be conducted in two periods. Period One will consist in an hour fifteen minute presentation by a CTU faculty member on a particular document.
Then, after a break, students taking the class for credit will spend the remaining time discussing the assigned document and readings. This course examines the historical and theological origins, development, and spirituality of the ministerial priesthood in consecrated religious life within the context of the common priesthood of all believers and the nature of ministry in the church.
It gives special attention to the teachings of Vatican II, post-conciliar theologies of the priesthood, and the identity of the religious presbyter. Furthermore, this course focuses on the spirituality of religious priesthood as expressed in universal church documents and as understood according to the charisms of the particular religious orders, congregations, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes represented in the given semester.
An exploration of the theology and ministry of individual and social reconciliation in a variety of settings today: domestic violence, the Church, immigration and urban issues, and post-conflict settings. Issues treated include trauma, healing of memories, truth telling, justice, and forgiveness. This Seminar will reflect on the history and theology of the Second Vatican Council as found particularly in the four major Constitutions and in selected Decrees and Declarations. In this course students read and reflect on a selection of the most influential Christian spiritual classics from the Patristic Era the first six centuries of the Christian era.
Students will have opportunities to practice methods of approaching these texts for spiritual benefit, academic study, and pastoral re-appropriation. Themes of history, development of doctrine, physical environment, culture, and gender are also highlighted. What if cinema can kindle our theological imagination so that we are able to clarify a vision of human hope and solidarity within the contradictions of the world? The course represents an interdisciplinary dialogue between systematic theology and cinema studies.
Noteworthy examples of global cinema that spotlight the interweaving issues of culture, class, race, gender, and ecology, are brought into an open-minded but reasoned conversation with a range of theological perspectives that explore the theme of human experience. This seminar explores sources and methods developed by Latin theologians and biblical scholars in their constructing of theological perspectives that recognize this intrinsic connection between theology and ministry.
E Introduction to Moral Theology 3 credits An introduction to the basic themes of the Christian moral life, including its personal, social, and cosmic dimensions. Attention is given to sources, authorities, and methods used in Roman Catholic theological ethics as well as concepts fundamental to the discipline such as freedom and moral agency, moral norms, and moral reasoning.
The course teaches and utilizes the pastoral spiral steps of experience, social analysis, faith reflection and action. Input, methods and practical ways are offered for parishes, schools, churches and other faith based social service groups to consider the social issues of the day within a faith context. The course examines how we might look at issues such as environmental concerns, immigration, and trafficking of women and children, among others.