From Theodicy to Theology; from a Catechetical to a scientific level, getting acquainted with the basic vocabulary and tools of the “sacra scientia”.
Introduction to Theology Course Outline: - From Biblical revelation, to Christian experience (believing, celebrating, living), to Theology. - The sources of Theology – Subject and formal object – Relations between faith and reason. - An ecclesial vocation: theologians and the Magisterium. - Theology as science. - Methods in Theology. Learning Outcomes: - The students will be able to pass from Theodicy to Theology; from an ecclesial experience and catechetical doctrine to a scientific reflection. - They will become acquainted with both the basic tools of the “sacra scientia” and the specific procedures of theological method. Foundations of Catholic Theology Course Outline: Part One: Historical-positive documentation: - The Biblical evidence: history, contents and institutions of the divine revelation in the Old and New Testament. Man’s response: faith in the Old and New Testament. - The Patristic period: Eastern and Western Fathers of the Church on revelation and faith. - The Scholastic period: Bonaventure, Thomas, Duns Scotus. - Doctrines of the Catholic Magisterium in context: Humanism, Protestant Reformation and Council of Trent; Rationalism, Fideism and Vatican I; the crisis of Modernism; from Vatican II to the present. Part Two: Systematic: - From Apologetics to Foundational Theology: “to give reason of the Christian Hope”. - Predestination of all human creatures in Christ: being, knowing, acting. - Objectivity of the Christian Way: a critical examination of the NT sources: Jesus of history and Christ of faith. - Credibility and coherence of the Christian message: Jesus as Mystery, Word, Sign. Learning Outcomes: - The students will be equipped with a foundational Christology and Ecclesiology. - They will become competent to critically present the reasons of our Christian faith-life, both from the objective/historical point of view and vis-a-vis today’s subjective/rational challenges of credibility/practicability.
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