Sacred Scripture and Theology Course Descriptions

Expectatio Gentium: Desire for God

(3 credits during first year of studies)
Man by nature seems to long for something beyond the mere human condition.  Yet, side by side with the thirst for transcendence we find recurring skepticism that divine things are anything more than a human fabrication.  What is the relationship between experience and revelation within religion?  What is the relationship between faith and reason within Christianity?  Why does man desire transcendence?  Why does he stray from pursuing it?  Authors and texts include: Books of the Old Testament, Sophocles, Plato, Lucretius, Cicero, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Ludwig Feuerbach, William James, and Benedict XVI.

Redemptor Hominis: The Redeemer

(3 credits during first year of studies)
A study of the person, words, sufferings, and deeds of Jesus Christ who is the Redeemer of Man, as prefigured in the Law, foretold by the Prophets, and proclaimed by the Evangelists. The principal texts will be the Gospels and the Book of Isaiah, accompanied by commentaries by Chrysostom, Augustine, and Aquinas, and sermons on the mysteries of the life of Christ by Gregory Nazianzen, Augustine, Leo the Great, Bernard, and Newman. Considerations are periodically enriched by modern considerations of the life of Christ through the works of authors such as Henri Ghéon, Paul Claudel, François Mauriac, and Shusaku Endo.

Coram Angelis: Prayer Seeking Understanding

(3 credits during second year of studies)
An examination of the lex orandi, the law of prayer, through a consideration of such topics as worship, sacrifice, liturgical and private prayer, lectio divina, sacramental theology, and the role of sacred art and music.  Particular attention will be given to the poetic impulse and figurative language in prayer.  Biblical texts will include the Psalms, the Song of Songs, the Letter to the Hebrews, and the Apocalypse, with commentaries and supplementary readings from the works of the Fathers of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Pius X, Dietrich von Hildebrand, and Joseph Ratzinger.

Mysterium Salutis: The Teaching of St. Paul

(3 credits during second year of studies)
A careful journey through the writings of St. Paul with the goal of attaining a clear understanding of the mystery of salvation.  In addition to the Pauline corpus, students will give serious consideration to the commentaries of the Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Divine Economy: Creation, Fall & Redemption

(3 credits during fourth year of studies)
A study of God’s providential plan of salvation centered on—and revealed in—the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The principal texts will be the works of Saint Augustine and Saint Aquinas.

Life in Christ

(3 credits during fourth year of studies)
A study of the mystery of divine life granted to us in Christ. Topics include Grace and the New Law, beatitude and the Beatitudes, the theological virtues—charity in particular— and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The principal text will be Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, with constant reference to his Scriptural and Patristic sources.