General Objectives: The course pays attention to the biblical explication of the theologies of grace, original sin and justification. The course will expose the student to the issues and debates that key thinkers in Christian Theology have struggled with in their attempt of make sense of God’s relationship to humanity. The course presents a deeper understanding of the human person in relation to the Fall, divine Grace and Justification. The course helps each student to heighten their awareness of the experience of grace and justification in their own lives.
Course Outline: 1. Biblical texts for the theology of grace, original sin and justification; 2. Historical development of the theology of grace, original sin and justification; 3. Magisterial teaching on the theologies of grace, original sin and justification; 4. Ecumenical accord on the theologies of grace, original sin and justification; 5. The anthropological vision of Vatican II in reference to the contemporary world, and in the light of the Church’s tradition.
Bibliography: Bonino, Serge‐Thomas, ed. 2009. Surnaturel: A Controversy at the Heart of Twentieth-Century Thomistic Thought. Florida: Sapientia Press; Duffy, Stephen. 1993. The Dynamics of Grace. Collegeville: Liturgical Press; Fairbairn, Donald 2003. Grace and Christology in the Early Church. Oxford: Oxford University Press; Lubac Henri de. 1998. The Mystery of the Supernatural. New York: Crossroad; Lutheran World Federation and Roman Catholic Church. 2000. Joint Declaration on Justification. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; McFarland, Ian A. 2010. In Adam’s Fall: A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell; McGrath, Alister E. 2005. Iustitia Dei A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. O’Callaghan, Paul. Children of God in the World. An Introduction to Theological Anthropology. Washington, D.C. The Catholic University of America Press, 2016; Oakes, Edward. 2016. A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans; Ormerod, Neil. 2007. Creation, Grace and Redemption. New York: Maryknoll; Schmaus, Michael. 1977. Dogma: vol. 6 Justification and the Last Things. New York: Sheed and Ward; Vatican Council II. 1965. Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Vatican City: LEV. Wiley, Tatha. 2002. Original Sin: Origins, Developments and Contemporary Meaning. Mahwah: Paulist Press.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, the student will be able to 1. Articulate a meaningful contemporary theology of original sin 2. Appreciate new insights into the reality of social sin and social grace 3. Confidently present the Christian vision of the Human Person with respect to justification.