General Objective: To help students understand the doctrine and Theology of the Church within a biblical foundation and a historical development.
Course Outlines: 1. The eternal saving plan of God includes the formation of the Church. 2. Symbolism of the Church in the Old Testament: Preparation, figures, and institutions. 3. The Church in the New Testament: Words and deeds of Christ, the disciples and the apostles, primacy of Peter, the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, words and deeds of the Apostles, the teaching of St. Paul, the remnant writings of the NT. 4. The historical development of the Church, from the early period to the contemporary era. 5. The images or nature of the Church derived from scripture. 6. The main marks of the Church: unity (subsistence, wounds); holiness (sources, signs, just and sinners in the Church); catholicity (universality and particularity, missionary); apostolicity (succession, Petrine office, papal office). 5. The people of God (laity, and the threefold ministry). 6. The Church as sacrament of salvation. Ecumenism and interreligious dialogue in the Church. 7. The Church and the world. 8. The eschatological dimension of the Church.
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Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to: be capable of presenting the biblical foundation of the Church; be able to differentiate Ecclesiology from other related courses, such as Patrology and Church History; grasp the evolution of the church and the various renewal movements; understand the distinctive marks of the Church as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic; appreciate the sense of Church as complementary of divine and human elements; develop skills for the process of Ecumenism, as appreciation of diversity and pluralism in Ecclesiology.