This course is designed to acquaint the beginnning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today. We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history. We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today's world.
Study of related issues, social matrix, and theological significance of some major themes in the Hebrew Bible: God, Community, Land, Creation and Redemption, Law and Covenant, Royal tradition and Prophetic dissent, Praise and Lament, Essence of Wisdom and Future.
Introduction to the theological and pastoral principles underlying the liturgical celebrations of the Church, the official documentation guiding the liturgical life of the Church, and the skills necessary for the preparation of and presiding at the worship of the Church. Course assignments will be adapted to each student's worship tradition.
An historical, anthropological and theological investigation of Christian worship and sacrament with special attention to the Roman Catholic Sacraments of baptism and eucharist; historical overview of liturgical practices, texts, and theology from Jewish and scriptural origins to the 20th century Vatican II reforms; basic principles of liturgical and sacramental theology; and groundwork for interpreting liturgical documents and ritual texts from pastoral practice, multi-/inter-cultural concerns, and ecumenical considerations.
This course provides a broad introduction to the ways in which people appropriate the mystery of faith, the process entailed in that appropriation, an overview of the history of that process, and the types of experiences which have emerged in that history. The students will achieve a reflective understanding of their own practice, develop it more consciously and be enabled to appreciate and assist others in this area of ministry.
An in-depth exploration into the socio-historical events that shaped early Christianity from the first through the fifth centuries. Utilizing primary resources (in translation), this course will chart the dynamic growth of the Christian movement from its Jewish origins within the Roman Empire to its dominance throughout the Mediterranean world. We will explore the Church's theological growth, the impact of the Second Sophistic and Neo-Platonism, the origins of desert monasticism, the Great persecution, Constantinian toleration and early conciliar formulations.
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