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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.

Introduction to the fields of moral theology and Catholic Social Thought:  their purpose in the life of the Church, their methods, their problems.  The content of the course is a thorough treatment of methodological issues rather than analysis of specific moral or social dilemmas, though specific issues and cases are used for purposes of illustration and assisting students in developing skills of application to practical situations.  Among the topics to be addressed:  sin and conversion, moral growth and development, sources of moral wisdom, methods of moral decision making, conscience and discernment, and the development of Catholic Social Thought. 

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.

An historical and theological overview of the Christian understanding of church and ministry, with the Second Vatican Council as a primary point of reference. Topics include the foundations of ministry in the New Testament, the manifold expressions of ministry in the history of the Church, development of ecclesial structures, the papacy, the magisterium, the church as local and universal, the priesthood of the faithful, the origin and function and evolution of ordained and lay ministries, and ecumenical dialogue. Also important will be the exploration of a variety of contemporary issues related to the theology and practice of church and ministry from a Roman Catholic perspective.

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 introduction to the history and literature of the Christian movement iin the first and second enturies with particular attention to the New testament in regards to literary components, composition facets, theological themes, and interpretive principles.

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