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Revelation and Christology:

 

Pre-requisites:

Greek Literature and Culture, Ancient Philosophy, Logic, Old Testament, Patristics, New Testament.

 

Content:

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.

 

Possible 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.

G.K. Chesterton's 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.

 

Texts: C.S. Lewis, Miracles
Dei Verbum (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation of the Second Vatican Council)
G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
Leo Donald Davis, The First Seven Ecumenical Councils