General Objectives: The student will gain a deeper understanding of how God originates the universe and the human being, with an intrinsic relationship to salvation in Jesus Christ. It covers the relationship between creation and science; the study of human person’s vocation in the created world; and theological reflections on ecology.
Course Outline: • Theology and anthropology of Genesis 1-2 and other biblical texts on creation: man in relation to the cosmos, the animals, the angels and God; man as a relational, inter-personal being, whose ‘pre-destiny’ is Christ; • Creatio ex nihilo; nature of the human person, sexual differentiation; Original justice, and humanity’s ongoing history; • Human being, the image of God (in Scripture and in Augustine), and Christ the centre of all; • Human being and Freedom (Will, Intellect); • Creation and evolution, Christian anthropology and modern science; • John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.
Bibliography: Clifford, Anne M. 2011. “Creation,” in Systematic Theology Roman Catholic Perspectives. 2nd ed. Francis Schüssler Fiorenza – John P. Galvin, eds. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, p. 204-254; Hafffner, Paul. 2017. Mystery of Creation. rev edition. Leominster: Gracewing; Haught, John. 2001. Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution. Mahwah: Paulist Press; Hayes, Zachary. 2001. The Gift of Being: A Theology of Creation. Collegeville: Michael Glazier; Horan, Daniel P. 2019. Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology. Maryknoll: Orbis Books; John Paul II. 2006. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Translation, Introduction and Index by M. Waldstein. Boston: Pauline Books and Media; Kuttianimattathil, Jose. 2013. Theological Anthropology. Bangalore: Theological Publications; McFadyen, A. I. 1990. The Call to Personhood: A Christian Theory of the Individual in Social Relationships. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Ratzinger, Joseph. 1995. “In the Beginning”… Catholic Understanding of Creation and the Fall. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans; Sachs, John. 1991. The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology. Collegeville: Michael Glazier; Schmaus, Michael. 1969. Dogma: vol. 2 God and Creation. New York: Sheed and Ward; Schönborn, Christoph. 2007. Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution and a Rational Faith. San Francisco: Ignatius Press; Vatican Council II. 1965. Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Vatican City; West, Christopher. Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II’s ‘Gospel of the Body’. Leominster: Gracewing.
Learning Outcomes: The students will grow personally in their understanding of the relation of every individual person and of all creation to God, in accordance with the Church’s teaching. Besides encouraging them to deepen their own humanity, this will help them to engage more generously and effectively in their future ministries and commitments. That God is the Lover of Humanity will inspire them to live their lives for the benefit of others, both those who belong to the household of the faith and those who do not.