Greek Literature and
Culture, Ancient Philosophy, Logic, Old Testament, Patristics, New Testament.
This course is the
first systematic theology course in the curriculum. It examines the nature
and possibility of divine revelation, its correlative response of faith,
and the culmination of divine revelation in Jesus Christ.
The presentation is
intended to introduce students to two modern Christian authors and apologists,
C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, each of whom has written a work directly
relevant to the subject matter of this course.
sequence of topics:
C.S. Lewis's Miracles
is studied as a propaedeutic to theology proper. On the basis of rational
reflection on common experience, the questions are posed: Can Nature alone
adequately explain our experience within Nature? If the Supernatural exists,
is revelation possible? If it is possible, how can we judge whether it
has occurred? If it has occurred, what justification is there for the
Christian claim that Christ is the Revelation of God?
The Second Vatican
Council's Doctrinal Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum)
is then studied as the most recent authoritative expression of the Church's
understanding of the meaning of revelation.
Everlasting Man situates man in Nature and Christ in human history,
arguing that Christ is the culmination of the religious and philosophical
history of mankind, the fulfillment of the quest of philosophy for truth
and of myth for God.
The development of
the Church's christological dogmas in the first seven ecumenical councils
is then reviewed.