Course Information

for Systematic Theology Department


Fundamental Theology (ThS 513)

Credits:3

Fundamental Theology This course studies the nature of revelation and the revelatory process as understood within the Roman Catholic tradition. It also examines the related topics of faith, belief and unbelief; theology and theological method; tradition and the development of doctrine; indefectibility and infallibility in Church teaching; the exercise of doctrinal authority in the Catholic Church through dogmatic and magisterial pronouncements; and the limitation on authority and dissent. Its goal is to empower the student to understand the foundations of our faith and have the tools necessary to proclaim it convincingly and respond reasonably and effectively to the challenges presented against it. REVISED FOR 2013/14 CATALOGUE. Fall. UTD: 5/7/13 ET This course studies the nature of revelation and the revelatory process as understood within the Roman Catholic tradition. It also examines the related topics of faith, belief and unbelief; theology and theological method; tradition and the development of doctrine; indefectibility and infallibility in Church teaching; the exercise of doctrinal authority in the Catholic Church through dogmatic and magisterial pronouncements; and the limitation on authority and dissent. Fall. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Christian Anthropology (ThS 514)

Credits:3

Christian Anthropology The underlying truth is that Christian anthropology is the locus of all Christian theology. This course will examine the Christian understanding of creation, especially the understanding of the human person as created in the image of God; it will focus on the concepts of "person" and "nature" within Christianity; it will look at the human experience of alienation, sin, the theology of original sin, and the fall; it will examine the human person as graced by God's loving indwelling presence, with particular emphasis on the traditional understanding of grace, along with some contemporary insights. Prerequisite: ThS 513. Spring. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Christology (ThS 524)

Credits:3

Christology This course comprises a systematic and theological study of the significance of the person of Jesus of Nazareth in His divinity and His humanity. It will deal with the person and work of Jesus Christ as founded in the Scriptures and interpreted in the Church's tradition, both classical and contemporary. Particular attention will be given to the question of the historical Jesus; the New Testament origins of Christology; the patristic tradition; and the specific theology of the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus. Prerequisites: ThS 513 and ThS 514. Fall. UTD: 10/05/05 ET

Christology and Pneumatology (ThS 525)

Credits:4

ThS 525 Christology and Pneumatology (4 credits) This course comprises a systematic and theological study of the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth in his divinity and humanity. It deals with the person and work of Jesus Christ as found in the Scriptures and interpreted in the Church’s tradition, both classical and contemporary. The role of the Holy Spirit in creation, in the Incarnation, and in the Paschal mystery is examined so that the two missions within the plan of salvation are seen to work together in perfect synchronicity and are intimately related to the work of salvation – bringing us into the life of the Triune God. Particular attention is given to the question of the historical Jesus; the New Testament origins of Christology; early Christological development; soteriological images and terms; contemporary systematic reflections on the person and work of Christ; the role of the Holy Spirit in the person and work of Christ; and His ongoing role in making Christ present to us down through the centuries. Central to the course is the Paschal mystery – the death and resurrection of Christ and the handing over to us of His Spirit. Prerequsites: ThS 513, ThS 514. Fall. new fall 2016 - kg

Ecclesiology and Mariology (ThS 533)

Credits:3

ThS 533 Ecclesiology and Mariology This course is a study of both subjects in light of the documents of Vatican II, with an emphasis on the New Testament, early patristic, and liturgical sources for, and current developments in, ecclesiology and Mariology. The course situates the nature and mission of the Church within the economy of the Trinity, particularly within the work of the Holy Spirit, and focuses on the role of the Church in the world today, especially in the life of the ordinary lay person and in the life of the priest. The last part of the course discusses the place of Mary in the mystery of Christ and of the Church by surveying the scriptures and Christian tradition, Catholic doctrine, theological approaches, and the devotional practices of Catholics in the many cultures of the southwestern United States. Spring. course created to correct my predecessor's incorrect ThS_533 course code - note too that course title differs from old inactivated ThS 533 course title - kg 6/19/15

Ecclesiology and Ecumenism (ThS 535)

Credits:3

Sacramental Theology (ThS 543)

Credits:3

Sacramental Theology Sacramental Theology is a mystagogical examination of the sacraments and sacramentals of the Catholic Church from a multicultural, anthropological, theological, christological, and ecclesiological perspective, together with an in-depth theological, historical, and liturgical study of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Liturgical Rites are studied in detail as theologia prima (first theology). Prerequisite: ThS 533. Fall. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Theology of Ministry & Priesthood (ThS 562)

Credits:2

Theology of Ministry and Priesthood A study of ministry within Christianity from biblical, theological and pastoral perspectives, with particular reference to the study of the priesthood of Jesus Christ, and how it has found and finds expression in the roles of deacon, priest and bishop in the history of the Catholic Church. Particular emphasis is given to the understanding of the life and ministry of the diocesan priest in the contemporary church of the southwestern United States. Fall. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Theology of Ecumenism (ThS 564)

Credits:2

Theology of Ecumenism This seminar course gives the student an opportunity to research the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, interview leaders in other faiths (while reviewing documentation proper to them), and experience religious liturgical services of other faiths at the other's site. Spring. UTD: 7/6/07 ET

Eschatology and Mariology (ThS 565)

Credits:2

Trinity (ThS 571)

Credits:2

Trinity (ThS 572)

Credits:3

Trinity An examination of the Christian understanding of God as founded in the Scriptures and interpreted in the Church's tradition, both in the patristic era and in modern and contemporary times. It will unfold contemporary approaches to the significance for believers and for the life of the Church of a Trinitarian understanding of God. It will deal with the doctrine of God as sustaining source of the universe, and God as final goal of humanity and its world (eschatology.) Prerequisites: ThS 524 and ThS 533. Fall. at directive of Dean Lilles, new course title Trinity to take effect fall 2015 - former title Trinity and Eschatology - kg UTD: 10/5/05 ET (CREATED)

Penance and Anointing I (ThS 574A)

Credits:1

This course is a study of the Sacraments of Healing in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is divided into two sections: a one-unit course taught in the fall semester and a two-unit course in the spring. In the fall semester catechetical, dcotrinal, historical, and moral aspects of the Sacrament of Penance and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are studied. The personal and social dimensions of these sacraments are studied in light of patristic, medieval, Tridentine, and modern theological approaches. Fall. created by kg - 3/29/2015

Penance and Anointing II (ThS 574B)

Credits:2

ThS 574B Penance and Anointing This is the second part of a study of the Sacraments of Healing in the Roman Catholic tradition. In the spring semester emphasis is placed on canonical, liturgical, pastoral, and psychological aspects of the Sacraments of Healing. The course includes practical instruction on both individual and group celebrations of these sacraments, as well as a practicum on hearing confessions. The practicum includes guest lectures from priests, religious, and laypersons. Spring. course created to correct my predecessor's incorrect ThS.574B course code - kg 6/19/15 (Note: Students may take out-of-sequence.) - ET

Topics in Fundamental Theology (ThS 580)

Credits:2

Topics in Fundamental Theology This course is designed to examine a special topic in fundamental theology. Spring 2008. UTD: 7/6/07 ET

Chr Mission in a Pluralistic World (ThS 580)

Credits:2

MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Rahner's Supernatural Existential (ThS 580A)

Credits:2

Humanity needs God's help to attain the ultimate end of human life, sometimes described as the beatific vision of God. Associated with this teaching are the doctrines of the fall and the atonement. The fall is commonly interpreted as the loss by human beings of the beatific vision at the time of Adam's sin. The atonement is often presented as the sacrificial death of Christ that recuperated for us the possibility of the beatific vision. These traditional interpretations, however, can be misinterpreted. They run the risk of committing Christians to a literal interpetation of the fall (i.e. that Adam, the first human, lost for us the happiness he once enjoyed). The traditional interpretations also presented a contradictory image of the Father (who lovingly sent the divine Word but also angrily demanded the blood of Jesus as a sin offering). Is there a better interpretation of the fall and the atonement. Karl Rahner (1904-1984) offered a better interpretation with his concept of the supernatural existential. He described this as the capacity to hear and obey the Word of God. It is "supernatural" in the sense that it is a gift from God. We do not save ourselves, but rely on this gift. But it is an "existential" in that it is part of every human life. Every person has this capacity to hear and obey. In the light of the supernatural existential, the "fall" was not the utter corruption of human life, and the "atonement" was not an exchange of blood for salvation. This course will provide an overview of fundamental themes, such as fall and atonement, in the light of Rahner's "supernatural existential," through the eyes of his most comprehensive theological work, the Foundations of Christian Faith. In its overview of Rahner, the course aims: 1. to broaden students' understanding of the basic themes of fall and atonement, 2. to introduce students to Rahner's supernatural existential, 3. to inform students of some of the criticisms which Rahner's work has met, and 4. to help students integrate Rahner's themes by presenting them in the form of homilies and adult education. MDiv or MA Elective. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

(2) Religion & the Humanities (ThS 580B)

Credits:2

The project of the course is to enable an engagement of the theological student with the humanistic heritage of the arts of the beautiful and the sublime to discern therein the presence of the Sacred. The course will endeavor critically and creatively to understand the aesthetic dimension in human life, explore its significance in all theologizing and articulate the traces of the Holy in architecture, sculpture, literature, poetry, drama, painting, film and music. No Prerequisites. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Film & Faith/Using Movies in Parish (ThS 580C)

Credits:2

Course created on 10/10/07. ET

Theo. of Divine Action in the World (ThS 580D)

Credits:2

ThS 580D Topic in Fundamental Theology: Theology of Divine Action in the World (2 Units) "God suffers as we suffer in our tragedies," "God caused this hurricane to punish those who live in sin," "God does X, but does not do Y,"? We make many claims about God's action in human history. While statements about God's active involvement in our world is inevitable, what are their limits? What can we say, and what should we not say about God's action? The course is an exploration of a theology of divine action in the world, using a basic "grammar" for speaking about God's action that allows one to affirm divine transcendence and omnipotence precisely as God's incomprehensible nearness and vulnerability. The Scripture and tradition provide the core material for the course, while effort will be made to engage Scripture and theology in dialogue with the insights gained in modern science. One of the main aims of this course is to highlight the intimate relationship between the order of creation and the order of salvation, between protology and eschatology, and between creation and resurrection. Prerequisite: ThS 513 & ThS 514 ? M.Div/M.A. Elective Instructor: Fr. Anthony Lee Mondays: 2:00-3:50pm Room 2 Created 11/8/13 ET Emailed Fr. Lee for course descriptin and pre-reqs. 11/8/13 ET

Perfil del Presbítero del Tercer Milenio (ThS 580E)

Credits:2

ThS 580E Perfil del Presbitero del Tercer Milenio (2). Ofrecer a los seminaristas un espacio oportuno (kairos) para la reflexion sobre la identidad del presbitero, a fin de que puedan asumir el ministerio sacerdotal con gran conciencia y desde la volundad de Dios. Fall 2015. created on 4/17/2015 - kg

Topics in Christian Anthropology (ThS 582)

Credits:2

Topics in Christian Anthropology The course will concentrate on one aspect of Christian Anthropology, that is on some question that has direct reference to our Christian understanding of the human person in today's world. It is aimed at helping the student to enter more deeply into an understanding of the relationship of theology to human life as lived in our contemporary world. Spring 2009. UTD: 7/6/07 ET

God, Evolution and the Human (ThS 582A)

Credits:2

MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

(2)Nature/Hist Consecrated Rel Life (ThS 582B)

Credits:2

The Nature and History of Consecrated Religious Life within Christianity: This course will set forth the development of Consecrated Religious life in the Church in all its multiple and varied expressions from its earliest manisfestation in the Desert Fathers and Mothers to its modern manifestations in "secular institutes." It will pay particular emphasis on how the charism of Consecrated Life relates to the overall life of the Church and in particular to the life of the local communities in contemporary Southern California, and how it is a vital witness to the deepest core values of the Church and of her mission in the world. MA/MDiv credit. No pre-requisites. Spring 2005. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

(2)Christian Anthro Ramon Panikkar (ThS 582C)

Credits:2

The Christian Anthropology of Ramon Panikkar. In this seminar we will look carefully and in depth at the Christian Anthropology of the challenging and controversial theologian Raimon Panikkar. Fr. Panikkar's work has focused on the implications of the Asian religious traditions for Catholic theology, using a theology of the Holy Trinity which is both traditional and radically creative. We will consider in particular one of his more recent books, Christophany: The Fullness of Man, supplemented by other writings of his, Bede Griffiths, Rowan Williams and others. Created for S07 on 10/24/06 ET.

Christian Anthropology/Mariology (ThS 582D)

Credits:2

ThS 582D Topics: Christian Anthropology/Mariology discusses the place of Mary in the mystery of Christ and of the Church. The course examines the scriptures and Christian tradition, Catholic doctrine, theological approaches, and devotional practices among the various cultures represented by the student body of Saint John Seminary. The course explores the anthropological, soteriological and ecclesiological foci of Marian doctrine and devotion in order to develop in the student the ability to dialogue interculturally with non-Catholic Christians and others who differ with us about Marian doctrine and devotion. Pre-requisite: ThS 514 as of 10/28/10 ET Created on 10/15/08 ET for Sp09. REVISED FOR SP11 ON 10/27/10.

The New Evangelization... (ThS 582E)

Credits:2

ThS 582 Topics in Christian Anthropology Title: The New Evangelization and the Christian Understanding of Human Dignity and Personhood Professor: Fr. Gregory J. Semeniuk, C.M. Description: The recent Synod of Bishops has shed new light on the contemporary challenges of evangelization in the 21st century. Appreciation of human dignity is essential for missionary outreach and participation in the New Evangelization to which we are called today by the Church. This course will explore the Christian understanding of mission in the light of the documents emanating from the recent Synod, the documents on New Evangelization and recent documents on the theology, pastoral practice, and spirituality of mission. PRE-REQUISITE: THS 513 Created on 10/29/12; REVISED BY INSTRUCTOR ON 11/8/12 ET x-listed w/ ThSp 582E CLASS WAS CANCELLED & NEVER OFFERED. 11/27/12 ET

Topics in Ecclesiology (ThS 583)

Credits:2

Topics in Ecclesiology This elective aims at surveying an issue or issues of contemporary interest to the Church (e.g. episcopal and presbyteral collegiality; Church councils [councils, synods, conferences, and other representative assemblies]; the parish as the typical expression of the nature and mission of the Church; the diaconate; women in ministries; the lay person in the Church and in the world). The survey will be attentive to significant magisterial teaching as well as to significant theological reflection on each topic. Prerequisites: ThS 513 and ThS 533. Fall 2005, 2007, 2009 UTD: 11/01/07 ET CREATE THS 583e WHEN STUDENTS ENROLL IN F11 COURSE. IF ONLY ONE STUDENT ENROLLS THEN DON'T CREATE NEW COURSE JUST USE GENERIC TITLE AND PASTE THIS IN STUDENT'S TRANSCRIPT MEMO: "Topics in Ecclesiology: The Lay Person in the Church and in the World." THE DESCRIPTION IS: "This elective aims at surveying the theology of the lay person in the Church and in the world. The survey will be attentive to significant magisterial teaching, such as the pertinent documents of Vatican II and post-conciliar reflections by Pope John Paul II, as well as to significant theological reflection, such Yves Congar's The Lay Person in the Church. The course will suggest strategies for deriving a liturgical spirituality of the lay person based on the sacraments and sacramentals. Prerequisite: ThS 513& ThS 533." ABOVE IS FALL 2011 COURSE DESCRIPTION.

The Parish in the New Millennium (ThS 583a)

Credits:2

ThS 583A – The Parish in the New Millennium (2) This seminar examines the contemporary U.S. parish from the viewpoint of sociology and empirical practice. Participants learn about the 19,000 U.S. parishes in general and study parish practices that U.S. Catholics regard as successful. In an era of declining numbers of priests, many ask whether Catholic parishes can still offer Christian leadership, sound formation, wise stewardship of resources, collaborative ministry, and genuine Christian spirituality. This seminar shows how they can. It also considers how today’s priests undertake the traditional care of souls in a new parish situation. new description spring 2017 - kg 9/27/16

The Church, Light of the World (ThS 583b)

Credits:2

Course created 2/24/05. ThS 583 The Church, Light of the World The Church the Light of the World will consider some of the ways the Church can bring its light, Christ, to today's world that are healing and life-giving. Class discussions will be based on both contemporary and classical sources. Prerequisite: ThS 513 & ThS 533 MDiv/M.A Elective UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Documentos del CELAM (ThS 583c)

Credits:2

Title: Documentos del CELAM Objetivo general: Hacer una lectura analítica de los documentos de las Conferencias Generales del Episcopado Latinoamericano: Río de Janeiro (1955), Medellín (1968), Puebla (1979) y Santo Domingo (1992), descubriendo en ellos sus grandes líneas eclesiales y pastorales. Objetivos específicos: - Conocer más la realidad social, pastoral y eclesial de Latinoamérica; - Comprender mejor el significado de la opción por los pobres; - Reconocer la influencia del Concilio Vaticano II en Medellín y la de Evangelii Nuntiandi en Puebla; - Descubrir la influencia de la Teología de la Liberación en Medellín y Puebla; - Valorar el efecto de Río de Janeiro, Medellín, Puebla y Santo Domingo en el caminar de la Iglesia latinoamericana; - Percibir las diferencias entre estos documentos; - Prepararnos de alguna manera para la Quinta Conferencia del Episcopado Latinoamericano (Aparecida, Brasil - 2007). Prerequisite: Advanced level of Spanish M.Div/MA Elective Created 3/28/07 ET

Ecclesiology of the Eastern Church (ThS 583D)

Credits:2

The Ecclesiology of the Eastern Church: In this course we will study the ecclesiology of the Byzantine tradition in the light of recent Catholic teaching, especially Vatican II's Decree on the Catholic Churches of the East and John Paul II's encyclical, Orientale Lumen, as well as documents produced by the international Orthodox-Catholic dialogue meetings. Prerequisite: ThS 533 M.Div/MA Elective Created: 3/10/09 ET

Ecclesiology of 2nd Vatican Council (ThS 583E)

Credits:2

The year 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. This course will provide an analysis of Vatican II, the most decisive and far-reaching event in the modern Catholic Church. Explicating pivotal elements of the Council, its decision-making process and the deep consequences of its final decisions, the course will contribute an accessible presentation of the significance of Vatican II for the church and its life in the modern world. above course description provided by Dr. Paul Ford for fall 2015 - kg 4/2/2015 / no prerequisites requested by Ford and approved by Dean Lilles - kg 7/1/2015 The Ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council as presented in Gaudium et spes This course will examine the images of the Church that were presented in the Constitution Gaudium et spes, with particular reference to the Church as "the universal sacrament of salvation." It will tease out the consequences that this vision of the Church has for her mission in the world, and how it has impacted the Church over the past fifty years, particularly with reference to the family, culture, politics, and international society. On completion of the course the participants would be better prepared to "read the signs of the times" in the particular setting of southern California vis-à-vis his or her pastoral ministry. Emailed Fr. Brennan for the pre-reqs. 4/16/13 ET CREATED COURSE FOR F13. IF NO ENROLLMENTS IT WILL BE CANCELED (BY CK MARK IN SONIS) BUT IN ORDER TO BE LISTED AS A CANCELED COURSE IT WILL REMAIN IN OUR DB SO DON'T DELETE. --et

Topics in Christology (ThS 584)

Credits:2

Topics in Christology This course is designed to give an in-depth exploration of a Christological theme critically received in the light of Catholic tradition and magisterial teaching. Topics treated can include anything in the range of past or present theological reflection on the mystery of the Incarnation. Fall 2006, 2008. UTD: 11/01/07 ET

Historical Jesus & Transcend Christ (ThS 584a)

Credits:2

This course presents two fundamental themes in contemporary Christology: the historical Jesus and the transcendent Christ. It will begin by studying the twentieth century's "quests" for the historical Jesus as efforts to refine Christian faith. These quests sought a historically accurate picture of Christianity's human founder, Jesus of Nazareth. Transcendental Christologies, by contrast, aim to describe the salvation that comes through Jesus of Nazareth. They provide a plausible explanation of what God accomplished through the incarnate Word. They also suggest how Christians should proclaim the Word today-as model of obedience, as a dangerous memory, and as a pledge of hope. Students will learn the basic themes of historical Jesus research, assessing its strength and limitations. They will also be able to describe the nature of transcendental Christologies, recognizing their unity with the faith of the Church and the problems they pose to it. Finally, students will integrate historical Jesus research and transcendental Christology into their preaching. MDiv or MA elective. MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Christ. of Rahner/Urs Von Balthasar (ThS 584b)

Credits:2

Title: Christology of Karl Rahner & Hans Urs Von Balthasar This course will situate the Christology of these two great theologians of the twentieth century in their overall theological methodology and out put. For both of them Christology was a powerful central structuring element and a key to entry into their work as a whole. They have had and continue to have a powerful influence on contemporary thought in the Roman Catholic Church. The format of the course will be that of a guided shared reading of key documents taken from their works. Required texts: Karl Rahner: Foundations of Christian Faith; and Hans Urs von Balthasar: The von Balthasar Reader. Prerequisite: ThS 513 MDiv/M.A Elective MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Christology Through Art (ThS 584C)

Credits:2

Christology Through Art (2 units) This course will examine some images of Christ down through the centuries and see how they are related to the theology of Christ in their particular times and places of origin. It will concentrate on images from Western art but will also attempt to look at some images from outside the western tradition. It will also look briefly at the images of Christ portrayed in works of literature, especially Dante's Divine Comedy, Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, and some poems from English literature. Prerequisites None M.Div/MA Elective UTD: 3/10/06 ET

Topics in Christ: Von Baltazar (ThS 584D)

Credits:2

Hans Urs von Balthasar never tires of reminding us that the event of Christ is a mystery of infinite love. God's free decision to become one of us, to take upon himself the sins of the world and to shed his blood for our salvation transcends even the most daring hopes of Israel and the boldest intimations of the rest of humanity. This course will investigate the Christology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. It will contemplate and explore the mystery of divine love in Christ in whom "God committed himself unsurpassably and beyond all return" to the world. Prerequisite: None M.Div/MA Elective Created for F08 on 3/4/08. ET

The Eucharist as Sacrifice (ThS 584E)

Credits:2

The Eucharist as Sacrifice Sacrifice relates three important aspects of the Christ event, namely, the Eucharist, the Scriptures, and Christian living. This course will explore the meaning of sacrifice from both the side of Israel?s liturgy and the prophetic tradition. Jesus? sacrifice upon the cross, however, is the fulfillment of both Israel?s prophecy and liturgy. Finally, a response will be given concerning modern critiques of sacrifice as with regard to the Eucharist. Course set up on 2/23/12 for F12. If no enrollments then cancel course or keep & change title for next ThS 584 offering. F12: FR. SEMENIUK'S PRE-REQS ARE THS 513 & -524.

Topics in Christology: Divine Kenosis (ThS 584F)

Credits:2

ThS 584F Topics in Christology: Divine Kenosis (2) In his Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, Pope John Paul II asserted that “the prime commitment of theology is . . . the understanding of God’s kenosis” (n. 93). This course is a study of and reflection on that mystery as an integral key to understanding the person and mission of Jesus Christ; the Trinity; and the mission given to the Church in the Spirit. Through the revelatory lens of kenosis, God’s compassionate and loving involvement in the world and in human history comes into sharper focus. It is hoped that this leads to a deeper involvement in Jesus’ drama, that is, in his struggle with and victory over sin, evil, and suffering. new topic for fall 2016 - kg 3/5/16

Pneumatology: Theo of Holy Spirit (ThS 585)

Credits:2

Pneumatology: The Theology of the Holy Spirit A study of the basic themes and doctrines concerning the role of the Holy Spirit in the Economy of Salvation and in the life of the individual Christian and of the Church. Beginning with the Scriptural evidence for the divinity and activities of the Holy Spirit, the course will consider the theological development of these doctrines from the Patristic Period through the encyclical letters of Pope John Paul II. Attention will be given to the doctrinal controversies surrounding the ?Filioque? statement, to the charisms and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and to the contemporary charismatic and Pentecostal movements. Prerequisites: ThS 514 and ThS 533. UTD: 11/01/07, 10/22/09 ET

Topics in the Doctrine of God (ThS 590)

Credits:2

Topics in the Doctrine of God This course is designed to examine a special topic in the doctrine of God. Prerequisite: ThS 513. Fall 2006, 2008. UTD: 11/01/07 ET

God, Mysticism, and World Religions (ThS 590A)

Credits:2

MUST ENTER DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

(2) Engaging the Postmodern God (ThS 590B)

Credits:2

The course will explore recent writings toward a reconstruction of the ontotheological understanding of God from a Postmodern perspective, less a metaphysical, more a biblical, eschatological refigurement of the Coming God. The significant implications of this postmodern reconception of God will be explored for moral, liturgical and pastoral practice. Preferred prerequisite: ThS 513 MDiv/MA Elective MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

God of the Mystics (ThS 590C)

Credits:2

Those we call "mystics" are Christians who have realized in their personal lives something of the fullness of grace to which we are all destined by our life in Christ. Through a careful study and analysis of the writings of the mystics, then, we can come to a deeper, richer and more complete understanding of the reality of God as it is reflected in their spiritual experience. To this end, we will consider the writings of three mystics: the liturgical spirituality of St. Gertrude of Helfta, the Trinitarian spirituality of Blessed John Ruusbroec, and the apophatic spirituality of St.John of the Cross. Our goal will be to expand both our theological understanding and our personal spirituality through a combination of reading, lecture and discussion. Students will be given an opportunity to integrate their own insights by means of a five-ten page term paper. Created F06. 3/2/06 ET

Theology and Art: A Revelation of God (ThS 590D)

Credits:2

Topics in the Doctrine of God: Theology and Art: A Revelation of God. This course is an investigation of the significance of music, literature, and the visual arts (including film) for Christian theology and spirituality. The questions to be addressed are several and center on the following areas: How does one discover a theology or spirituality in a work of art? How do the arts explore and express theological meaning both implicitly and explicitly? What does a deeper appreciation of art in all its forms offer to a fallen world? How does art indicate the presence of an incarnate redeemer? How can an experience of art deepen one’s own personal spirituality and theology? And what are our own obligations as men and women of God to share this vision with those we serve? The course includes both in-class and field work. Prerequisite: ThS 513. Fall 2010 Created: 2/26/10 ET

A Theology of Divine Action in the World (ThS 590E)

Credits:2

ThS 590E A Theology of Divine Action in the World (2) “God suffers as we suffer in our tragedies.” “God caused this hurricane to punish those who live in sin.” “God does X, but does not do Y.” We make many claims about God’s action in human history. While God’s action in the world is ultimately a mystery, it is open to our understanding and articulation. How should we understand it, and what are the limits of the statements about it? The course is an exploration in a theology of divine action in the world, examining a basic “grammar” for speaking about God’s action, which allows one to affirm divine transcendence and omnipotence precisely as God’s incomprehensible nearness and vulnerability. The creative and redemptive divine action established the basic grammar for all talks about God. The Scripture and tradition provide the core material for the course, while effort is made to engage Scripture and theology in dialogue with the insights gained in modern science. Prerequisite: ThS 513 created 10/13/2015 - kg

Makers of Theology (ThS 591)

Credits:2

Makers of Theology The objective of this course is to explore the life and most important writings of the chosen theologian, to understand the influences upon him or her, to help the student to use the method of critical thinking in this exploration, and to strengthen the student's appreciation of the importance of theological reflection in the practice of ministry. Prerequisite: ThS 513. Fall or Spring. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Theology of C.S. Lewis (ThS 591A)

Credits:2

This course is designed to survey the entire range of C.S. Lewis's theological and imaginative writings with a view to discovering and discussing his major themes, both apologetic and spiritual. The course will concentrate on Lewis as exponent of mere Christianity, that is, the central beliefs held by all Christians, and on Lewis as ecumenical spiritual director, that is, one who guides Christians to deeper prayer and to more accurate discernment of God's will. The course also attends to the great influence on Lewis's thought, George Macdonald. (A summer reading list of the seven books--including three novels--is available from the professor. (Description: prior to Spring 2008) Prerequisite: ThS 513 MDiv or MA Elective. Revised: ThS 591 Maker of Theology: C. S. Lewis is designed to survey the entire range of C. S. Lewis's theological and imaginative writings with a view to discovering and discussing his major themes, both apologetic and spiritual. The course concentrates on Lewis as (1) exponent of mere Christianity, that is, the central beliefs held by all Christians, and on Lewis as (2) ecumenical spiritual director, that is, one who guides Christians to deeper prayer and to more accurate discernment of God's will. The Chronicles of Narnia receives special attention. The course also attends to the great influence on Lewis's thought, George MacDonald. (Description for Spring 2008) 10/16/07 ET

Transforming Light: Intro Lonergan (ThS 591B)

Credits:2

In this course we will explore the life and most important writings of Bernard Lonergan, both to understand the influences on him and to appreciate the revolutionary possibilities of his theological method. His work unites critical thinking and theological reflection. Knowledge of his work is both liberating and empowering. As he said, "Thoroughly understand what it is to understand, and not only will you understand the broad lines of all there is to be understood but also you will possess a fixed base, an invariant pattern, opening upon all further developments of understanding." Prerequisite: ThS 513 MDiv or MA elective. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Makers of Theology: Hans Urs von Balthasar (ThS 591C)

Credits:2

This course is designed to communicate an overview of the life and thought of this eminent Swiss Catholic theologian. It examines his particular style of doing theology; his drawing into unity of the beautiful, the good and the true; his Christocentrism; and his keen and precise attention to the Catholic tradition. It also examines the influences on him as a theologian. Prerequisite: ThS 513 MA or MDiv elective Annually, Fall or Spring updated 10/1/15 - kg

Makers of Theo: St Thomas Aquinas (ThS 591D)

Credits:2

Title: Makers of Theology: St Thomas Aquinas This course is designed to communicate an overview of the life and thought of this classic theologian in the Roman Catholic tradition. Special attention will be paid to his intellectual and spiritual formation, to the rise of the medieval university system, and how it related to the preceding monastic theological system. It will examine the scholastic method of doing theology. The course will also examine in detail the design of the "Summa Theologica" in order to bring out its systemic nature, the peculiar genius of the thought of the Angelic Doctor, and the metaphysical presuppositions that underpin it. (utd: 11/8/13 ET) Must have enrollment minimum of 5 students. Note: underline Summa Theologica when you publish it in the brochure. No Prerequisite. Created 9/22/05. ET

Makers of Theo: St. Augustine (ThS 591E)

Credits:2

The theologian for this year is Saint Augustine. This course will examine the life, works and principal ideas of this giant of Western theology, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. It will examine his Platonism, his understanding of Faith, Love, Grace, Evil, Free Will, Original Sin and Predestination, and will illustrate his ideas from his principal works, the 'Confessions,' 'Trinity,' and 'City of God.' Prerequisite: ThS 513. Created on 3/15/07 ET

Makers of Theo: Gustavo Gutierrez (ThS 591F)

Credits:2

Liberation theology has been entangled in a bitter controversy for a long time. Unfortunately, some of its critics make statements which betray only a limited and superficial reading of the pertinent literature. In addition, those statements fail to take into account a diverse richness of the subject matter. Its careful students will easily recognize many similarities as well as many differences in the original works of liberation theologians. The mistakes of some do not discredit all. This course will examine liberation theology as developed and presented by its most important exponent Gustavo Gutierrez. Allowing ourselves to be challenged by his insights, at the same time, we will not be afraid to identify the weaknesses of his thought. Prerequisite: None M.Div/MA Elective Created on 3/4/08 for F08. ET

Makers of Theo: W. Pannenberg (ThS 591G)

Credits:2

Wolfhart Pannenberg Wolfhart Pannenberg is a major theological figure, known for his methodological discipline, ecumenical sensitivity and openness to natural sciences. His thought can help us rediscover the relevance of theology in the contemporary world, advancing the cause of ecumenism and promoting dialogue with the scientific community. This course will examine the theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg, focusing on the nine theological loci: methodology, concept of God, Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, anthropology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and ethics. We will summarize and discuss his ideas as well as critique his approach. Created for S09 on 11/7/08. ET

Makers of Theology: Peter Lombard (ThS 591H)

Credits:2

COURSE CREATED SPRING 2010. 10/5/09 ET

Makers of Theo-Fr. Ed Schillebeeckx (ThS 591i)

Credits:2

The theological project of Edward Schillebeeckx traces one trajectory in the development of Catholic theology in the 20th century. This course will explore the evolution in Schillebeeckx's thought from an early sacramental and dogmatic theology grounded in the thought of Thomas Aquinas through the turn to history and eschatology in the mid 1960s, to his later focus on radical suffering (negative contrast experience) as the necessary starting point for theology. A second goal of the course will be to provide an overview of major areas of systematic theology through the lens of Schillebeeckx's major writings in the areas of fundamental theology, christology/soteriology, and ecclesiology/sacramental theology. No pre-reqs. Created for F10 & updated with description on 3/3/10. MA/MDiv elective. THIS COURSE HAS NOT BEEN USED. IF WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YRS IT IS NOT USED THEN YOU CAN DELETE IT. WE CANCELLED IT ON 5/12/10 DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMT. et

Makers of Theology: C.S. Lewis (ThS 591J)

Credits:2

ThS 591J Makers of Theology: C.S. Lewis (2) This course is designed to survey the entire range of C.S. Lewis's theological and imaginative writings with a view to discovering and discussing his major themes, both apologetic and spiritual. The course is conducted as a seminar in which the professor and students (well prepared by reading, listening to audio-recordings, viewing video-recordings, and visiting websites) will engage in vigorous conversation in the five phases of the course: the shape of Lewis's life, the way he spoke and thought, his major observations on reason and faith, his major observations about and experience of becoming a self, and his major observations about and experience of prayer and discernment. (A summer reading list is available from the professor.) Note: Cross-listed with ThSp 599S. kg- 4/7/16 [ former title for spring 2013 only: C.S. Lewis and the Year of Faith ] CREATED ON 10/18/12 FOR SPRING 2013. Cross-Listed with ThSp591J SINCE 11/9/12 ET

Wk of Theologians in 2nd Vat. Counc (ThS 591K)

Credits:2

Makers of Theology: The Work of Theologians in the Second Vatican Council This course will examine the contribution of four theologians who had a powerful impact on the Second Vatican Council, namely Yves Congar, Henri de Lubac, Edward Schillebeeckx and John Courtney Murray There will be an introduction to each theologian, his background and area of expertise and where his influence was manifested in the Council. Through this course the participants will have a deeper appreciation of the working of the Council and the mission that theologians exercise in the mission of the Church. Instructors: Fr. Jack Brennan, Dr. Paul Ford, Fr. Anthony Lee & Fr. Gregory Semeniuk, CM Emailed Fr. Brennan for pre-requisites. 4/16/13 ET CREATED COURSE ON 4/16/13; DO NOT DELETE. IF NO ENROLLMENT FOR F13 IT WILL BE CANCELED IN SONIS SYSTEM & THUS BE RETAINED FOR REFERENCE. --ET

Makers of Theo: Carmelite Doctors (ThS 591L)

Credits:2

ThS 591L Makers of Theology: Carmelite Doctors of the Church (2) In the 16th Century and the end of the 19th Century, the Carmelite spiritual tradition produced three doctors of the Church whose influence was recognized post Vatican II: Saint Teresa of Avila (the first woman Doctor of the Church), Saint John of the Cross, and Saint Therese of Lisieux (the first doctor declared in the Third Millennium of Christianity). All three of these figures advocated the primacy of prayer as a living encounter with God in the life of faith. Each one attempted to pass on to those entrusted to them doctrine concerning the presence of God encountered in the midst of the difficult challenges of their own lives. The result is some of the most compelling descriptions of transformative mystical graces in the life of the Church. This course will examine the cultural and historical context for their teaching, the relationship of mystical wisdom and scientific theological wisdom in their writings, and finally the impact their contributions have made in the mission of the Church today. Prerequisite: ThS 513. Fall or Spring. new topic fall 2015 - kg 4/1/2015

Makers of Theology: Karl Rahner (ThS 591M)

Credits:2

ThS 591M Makers of Theology: Karl Rahner (2) The objective of this course is to explore the life and most important writings of the chosen theologian, to understand the influences upon him or her, to help the student to use the method of critical thinking in this exploration, and to strengthen the student’s appreciation of the importance of theological reflection in the practice of ministry. Prerequisite: ThS 513.

Special Studies: Systematic Theo (ThS 599)

Credits:2

Special Studies in Systematic Theology Selected topics in Systematic Theology. Specific course descriptions and course syllabus must be on file with the Academic Dean. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

Theology of Ministry and Priesthood (ThS 599A)

Credits:2

An introduction to, and critical exploration of, the theological foundations of ordained ministry within the context of a wider understanding of ministries ordained and non-ordained. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Theology of the Eucharist (ThS 599A)

Credits:2

This course will study the theology of the Eucharist in the context of the history of the Mass. Special attention will be paid to the theology of the Eucharistic prayer and to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and the Lectionary for Mass Introduction. M.Div. or M.A. Elective. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET Revised description submitted by Dr. Ford 10/24/06: The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1327 says: "In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: ?Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.? (St. Irenaeus, AH 4, 18, 5)" This course will demonstrate the truth of this intuition by undertaking a study of the theology of the Eucharist in the context of the history of the Mass. Special attention will be paid to the theology of the Eucharistic prayers and to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and the Lectionary for Mass Introduction. (Spring 2007)

Theology of the New Evangelization (ThS 599B)

Credits:2

Theology of Karl Rahner (ThS 599C)

Credits:2

An overview of the theology of Karl Rahner as manisfested in his christology, christian anthropology, ecclesiology, and trinitarian theology. Independent Study: S05 (Brendan Manson) MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

Teologia de la Liberación (ThS 599I)

Credits:2

Cross-listed with ThM 599I Teología de la Liberación (in Spanish) (2 Units) La Iglesia?tiene el deber de anunciar la liberación de millones de seres humanos?el deber de ayudar a que nazca esta liberación" (Pablo VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 30). En este curso sobre la teología de la liberación vamos a: 1) examinar la realidad social latinoamericana en la cual surge la teología de la liberación (TL); 2) estudiar la visión de G. Gutiérrez y de otros teólogos sobre la TL; 3) conocer la postura de la Iglesia oficial frente a la TL; 4) analizar la influencia de la TL en los documentos de la Iglesia universal y latinoamericana; 5) considerar la vigencia de la TL hoy. Prerequisite: ThM 514 M.Div./M.A. Elective Sp08: Course to be taught in Spanish. ThM 599I was created on 10/9/07 ET. ThS 599I was created on 10/30/07

Theology of Relationship (ThS 599K)

Credits:2

THS 599K: Theology of Relationship At the heart of Christian love is an experience of relationship. This course will explore the central concept of relationship: that of friendship. Looking at classical, patristic, medieval and modern texts we will study how the notion of friendship, and its development within a Christian context, reflects both a growing understanding of one's own personhood as well as being an important reflection of the inner dynamic of Trinitarian theology. ThS 513, ThS 514 CREATED ON 3/30/11 FOR F11 ENROLLMT FOR THIS COURSE BEGAN IN S12.

Mariology (ThS 599M)

Credits:1

(2) Theology of Ecumenism (ThS564is)

Credits:2

This seminar course gives the student an opportunity to research the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, interview leaders in other faiths (while reviewing documentation proper to them), and experience religious liturgical services of other faiths at the other's site. This course augments the annual InterSem experience, allowing the student to selectively choose and experience something of the faith milieu of other religious groups. Spring. Required. MUST ENTER REVISED DESCRIPTION WHEN OFFERED. 10/5/05 ET

(C/NC) Penance and Anointing (ThS574Ac)

Credits:1

This course is a study of the Sacraments of Healing in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is divided into two sections: a one-unit course taught in the fall semester and a two unit course in the spring. In the fall semester catechetical, doctrinal, historical, and moral aspects of the Sacrament of Penance and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are studied. The personal and social dimensions of these sacraments are studied in light of patristic, medieval, Tridentine and modern theological approaches. Fall Credit/No Credit CREATED ON 5/29/12

(C/NC) Penance and Anointing (ThS574Bc)

Credits:2

This is the second part of a study of the Sacraments of Healing in the Roman Catholic tradition. In the spring semester emphasis is placed on canonical, liturgical, pastoral, and psychological aspects of the Sacraments of Healing. The course includes practical instruction on both individual and group celebrations of these sacraments, as well as a practicum on hearing confessions. The practicum includes guest lectures from priests, religious, and laypersons. Created course on 5/29/12. Spring. Pre-Requisite: ThS.574A

(3C/NC) Penance & Anointing (ThS574Cr)

Credits:3

Penance and Anointing A study of the Sacraments of Healing in the Roman Catholic tradition. The course will address the doctrinal, historical, moral, canonical, pastoral and liturgical aspects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick. Included will be a practicum on the hearing of confessions. Fall. UTD: 10/5/05 ET

(3) Penance & Anointing-Indep Study (ThS574is)

Credits:3

Penance and Anointing (INDEPENDENT STUDY) A study of the Sacraments of Healing in the Roman Catholic tradition. The course will address the doctrinal, historical, moral, canonical, pastoral and liturgical aspects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick. Included will be a practicum on the hearing of confessions. Fall/Spring UTD: 10/5/05 ET

(2) Fundamental Theology (ThS599IS)

Credits:2

Studies the nature of revelation and the revelatory process. Examines faith, belief & unbelief, theology & theological method tradition, development of doctrine, infallibility, magisterial authority & dissent.