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Theology

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A complementary major is taken in addition to a student’s main program. There is no direct admission in a complementary program; the choice is made after admission and registration in a bachelor program.

Compulsory Courses (18 credits)

 

  • THO2189 Can we talk about God?
  • THO2315 Ethics and the Human Person
  • THO3160 Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch and Historical Books
  • THO3161 Introduction to the New Testament: Synoptic Gospels
  • THO3166 The Good Life: Ethics and Christian Tradition
  • THO3169 Liturgy Life of the Church

Optional Courses (24 credits)

6 credits from (History of the Church):

  • THO3123 The Medieval Church (600-1400 CE)
  • THO3124 The Church in the Reformation Period (1400-1648 CE)
  • THO3125 Contemporary Church History
  • THO3167 Early Christianity: The First Five Centuries (0-600 CE)

6 credits from (Systematics):

  • THO3162 Christian Faith: Encounter with a Self-Revealing God
  • THO3163 The Christian God: Speaking of the Divine Mystery
  • THO3164 Jesus the Christ and the Language of Christian Hope
  • THO3165 Ecclesiology in an Ecumenical Age
  • THO3168 Ways of Christian Life and Prayer – Spirituality

3 credits from (Scripture):

  • THO4100 Wisdom Texts and Intertestamental Literature
  • THO4101 The Prophetic Books
  • THO4102 Pauline Literature and Theology
  • THO4103 Johannine Literature

3 credits from (Ethics):

  • THO4104 The Sexual Self and Ethics
  • THO4105 Spirituality and Social Justice
  • THO4106 The Ethics of Medicine, Sickness and Health

3 credits from (Systematics):

  • THO4107 Humanity: Creature and Creator
  • THO4108 Grace and Christian Existence
  • THO4109 Sin and the Question of Evil

3 credits from (Practice of the Church):

  • MIS2108 Theory and Praxis of Interreligious Dialogue
  • THO4110 The Eucharist
  • THO4111 Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation, Anointing, Funeral Rites

MIS 2108 - Theory and Praxis of Interreligious Dialogue

Dialogue as co-constitution of humans thanks to religious faith. Prerequisites and challenges involved in interreligious dialogue: in-depth dimension of faith; necessity of self-criticism; hermeneutic of religious convictions. Orthodoxy and orthopraxis. Harmony, conflict and end of religions.

THO 2189 - Can we talk about God?

An exploration of the origins of Theology as a discipline, of significant moments in its historical development, of its presuppositions, methods, and the basic questions it seeks to answer.

THO 2315 - Ethics and the Human Person

What is ethics? Introduction to the key ethical ideas that shape our lives. Ethical riches of the Christian tradition to understand ourselves and our responsibilities to other persons.

THO 3123 - The Medieval Church (600-1400 CE)

An examination of church history in the Middle Ages with attention to key figures, movements, and developments in church theology and practice.

THO 3124 - The Church in the Reformation Period (1400-1648 CE)

A study of church history from 1400 to 1648, movements of Catholic and Protestant Reform, significant social and cultural developments and their influence on the evolution of theology and church structures.

THO 3125 - Contemporary Church History

History of the Church from the 18th century to the present.

THO 3160 - Introduction to the Old Testament: Pentateuch and Historical Books

An introduction to the writings of the Old Testament through the study of the Pentateuch and Historical Books, with particular attention to their historical and cultural context, the role of the Yahwist, Elohist, Deuteronomist and Priestly traditions, and Deuteronomist History.

THO 3161 - Introduction to the New Testament: Synoptic Gospels

An introduction to the study of the New Testament through a critical study of the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke. Attention to the cultural and religious context of the New Testament and history of the formation of the Gospels; contemporary methods of biblical interpretation.

THO 3162 - Christian Faith: Encounter with a Self-Revealing God

A Christian theology of revelation: Creation as a locus for revelation; reflection on how God has spoken in the history of Israel; fulfillment of revelation in Jesus Christ; impact of divine self-disclosure in shaping early Christian communities; faith as a human response to divine self-disclosure; implications for understanding the inspiration of Sacred Scripture and the meaning of Tradition; Christian revelation and other world religions.

THO 3163 - The Christian God: Speaking of the Divine Mystery

The self-disclosure of the mystery of God throughout history. Theological reflection on the mystery of God the Trinity; the caring God; the question of the suffering and compassionate God; the human experience of God; speaking of God in the context of contemporary culture.

THO 3164 - Jesus the Christ and the Language of Christian Hope

Understanding Jesus of Nazareth, his message and works. Theological interpretations of his death, resurrection, exaltation, and the eschatological event of salvation. Jesus as Messiah and Saviour, son of Mary and Son of God.

THO 3165 - Ecclesiology in an Ecumenical Age

The church as a sign of communion and salvation in service of the human community. Catholic ecclesial self-understanding, the unity of the Christian churches, structuring of ministries, the laity, and diversity of life within a world church.

THO 3166 - The Good Life: Ethics and Christian Tradition

An introduction to the field of ethics within theology. Historical development of ethical approaches within theology. Constitutive elements of moral existence. Moral existence and Christian faith.

THO 3167 - Early Christianity: The First Five Centuries (0 – 600 CE)

Exploring the relationship between history and theology, methodologies of historical research. Survey of the historical evolution of Christianity from its beginnings to the end of the fifth century, with attention to early Christological debates.

THO 3168 - Ways of Christian Life and Prayer – Spirituality

Exploring the nature of Christian spirituality, its definition, foundation, diverse expressions; major periods and movements of Christian spirituality; the importance of spirituality for theological reflection and personal integration.

THO 3169 - Liturgy Life of the Church

Exploring the common prayer of the Christian community through a consideration of sacred time, space, symbol, language and music; Jewish origins of Christian worship; the history of the Western liturgy. The structure and dynamics of the eucharistic liturgy, the liturgy of the hours, Sunday worship without a priest, the liturgical year, inculturation, and trends for the future.

THO 4100 - Wisdom Texts and Intertestamental Literature

Wisdom Texts and Intertestamental Literature.

Prerequisite: THO 3160.

THO 4101 - The Prophetic Books

General introduction to the prophets through a chronological study, with attention to their cultural and religious contexts. The evolution of prophetic literature towards an apocalyptic form.

Prerequisite: THO 3160.

THO 4102 - Pauline Literature and Theology

An overview of the life of Paul and his work. Exegesis of selected letters, with attention to key themes in Paul’s theology.

Prerequisite: THO 3161.

THO 4103 - Johannine Literature

A study of Johannine writings, their structure, theology, and cultural setting. Exegesis of selected passages in the Gospel of John and Letters of John, and the Apocalypse.

Prerequisite: THO 3161.

THO 4104 - The Sexual Self and Ethics

The meaning of human sexuality in social, psychological and Christian perspective. Sexuality and personal growth. Discernment of moral values in sexual behaviour.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4105 - Spirituality and Social Justice

The principles of Catholic social teaching and their significance for life in contemporary society and culture. The human being as personal and social being; respect for human rights; freedom in the socio-political context; society as the milieu of personal growth.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4106 - The Ethics of Medicine, Sickness and Health

An exploration of contemporary ethical issues relating to health and the integrity of the human person: respect for human life; the right to physical integrity; genetics; abortion, euthanasia and the end of human life.

Prerequisite: THO 3166.

THO 4107 - Humanity: Creature and Creator

Christian anthropology. Responsibility and freedom of the human person as co-creator. Relationship between creation and redemption. Creation and a scientific world view. Ecology and theology.

Prerequisite: THO 3162.

THO 4108 - Grace and Christian Existence

Divine grace and human freedom. Historical development of the theology of grace. Christian existence as faith, hope, and love. God’s presence in the world and in the human person. Contemporary challenges.

Prerequisite: THO 3162.

THO 4109 - Sin and the Question of Evil

Understanding the meaning of sin: personal, social, and original. Conversion, finitude, culpability. The anthropological and Christian significance of suffering, death, and evil.

Prerequisite: THO 3162.

THO 4110 - The Eucharist

Overview of the eucharistic liturgy. The history and theology of the eucharist from New Testament times through the Middle Ages to today. Basic concepts of meal, sacrifice and memorial. Contemporary issues in the eucharist.

Prerequisite: THO 3169.

THO 4111 - Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation, Anointing, Funeral Rites

The (Roman Catholic) Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation/Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Viaticum. Funeral rites and pastoral concerns.

Prerequisite: THO 3169.





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