Introduction to Theology (THE 112) explores the nature and application of theology and its various disciplines including biblical, systematic, ecclesial, sacramental, ascetical, and moral. It includes discussion of methods, vocabulary and approaches to reflecting on pertinent theological issues as they apply to daily life. Online, 5 weeks, beginning August 27.
As this is an online course of 5 weeks covering material presented over a full semester in a traditional format, students must be self-motivated.
This course proceeds from the fundamental Christian story of creation, fall, redemption, and glory and the theological sources of Scripture, Tradition, and reason to the classic theological topoi of the doctrines of creation, Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, Trinity, ecclesiology, sacramentology, and eschatology, while also paying attention to Christian practices such as liturgy, prayer, and the moral life. The course is eclectic, an exercise in coming to understand the broader Christian theological tradition with attention to Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant perspectives.
Catechism of the Catholic Church. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997. 2d English rev. ed. (Printings 1996 and later; ISBN 978-1574551099 [Kindle ed.: ASIN B00635I88C] and 978-0385508193; online at http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM)
The Bible. Preferred translation/edition: Ignatius Bible, Second Catholic Edition, ISBN 978-0898709360. Other Catholic Bibles or study Bibles containing the deuterocanonical books/apocrypha (such as the NAB) are acceptable.
Five reflection papers (one for each session) of 250-500 words; memorization of the Nicene Creed; an open-book, open-note final exam; and of course reading and participation.