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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.

B/C208 - Key Movements in the History of the Church (Hawkins) Hybrid Format
This course looks at significant historical movements that impacted the life and years of the Church from its earliest times through the Reformation.  Some topics to be covered are the spread of Christianity, Benedict and his Rule, Celtic Christianity, the Mendicants, Martin Luther, and the mystics of the 15-16th centuries.  Students will be asked to relate the various movements to their experience of the Church today.  This course can be used as a substitute for MDiv requirement of B/C204.
Face-to-Face sessions: Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM; 1/23, 2/27, 3/27, and 4/24; online coursework throughout semester

This course examines the nature of the Christian God as Trinity. It focuses on God's reality as creator, as redeemer in the person of Jesus who we proclaim the Christ, and as unifier and advocate in the person of the Spirit. Since the very nature of God implies "communion” the social implications of Trinity are a focal point for the course. Other contemporary questions pertaining to the historical Jesus, God-language, suffering, liberation, and cultural diversity are explored as well.

Exploration of what is known of the historical St. Paul and the three generations of Pauline literature found in the New Testament. Particular attention to Paul's theology, survey of rhetorical forms used, and the socio-anthropological assumptions that informed Paul's understanding of the Christ event as the turning point of human history.

This course explores major themes in Christian spirituality and its relevance to contemporary life and ministry through a close reading of the classics from the history of Christian spirituality, especially from writers as diverse as Origen, Benedict of Nursia, Bernard of Clairvaux, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of  Loyola, Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day.

A general introduction to the social history, content, and theological themes of the Hebrew Scriptures along with a basic orientation to methods of biblical study.

Exploration of ecclesial ministry in its variety of leadership roles, with special concentration on the ministry and service of church law in providing good order for the ecclesial community in today’s church. In addition to a study of the Roman Catholic Church’s structures, offices, and processes, the course will seek to integrate sacramental, stewardship, personnel and temporal goods issues within the context of ecclesial structures and procedures.

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