Course Descriptions

Sacred Scripture Pastoral Theology
Church History Systematic and Liturgical Theology
Moral and Spiritual Theology Pre-Theology

Sacred Scripture

SS500 Pentateuch and Historical Literature
3 credits. This course surveys the Pentateuch and major historical books and principal themes of the Old Testament, as well as the worldview and culture of Israel within the context of the ancient Near East.

SS502 The Pauline Epistles
3 credits. This course examines the New Testament letters attributed to Paul in their historical context, with attention to both theological themes and specific key texts; the radical and transformative claims of Paul’s gospel; Paul’s spirituality, theology, and ethics; the relevance of Paul and his heirs for today’s Church.

SS503 Johannine Literature
3 credits. This course provides a literary and theological analysis of the fourth Gospel in the context of first-century Christianity.

SS504 The Bible in the Church
1.5 credits. Based on the principles contained in the Vatican Council II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), this introductory course introduces students to the exegetical method and tools commonly used by interpreters of Sacred Scripture.

SS505 Gospels of Mark & Matthew
3 credits. Utilizing the common methods of Gospel study, the course assists students to uncover the portrait of Jesus that each of these two Gospels portray in terms of its particular retelling of Jesus’ life, teaching, passion, death and resurrection.

SS506 Gospel of Luke/Acts of the Apostles
3 credits. This course examines the literary, theological, and spiritual interpretation of the writings of Luke, namely his Gospel and the writing we call the Acts of the Apostles. It involves a close reading of particular texts and thematic analysis of various Lucan motifs, including some comparison of Luke’s Gospel to those of Mark and Matthew, Old Testament texts and Acts.

SS519/719 Psalms and Wisdom Literature
3 credits. Firstly, this course surveys the structure of the psalter, its poetic artistry, types of psalms, theological themes and concepts, and the images and titles for God. Secondly, this course presents the nature of wisdom literature, its major themes, its ancient Near Eastern background, as well as the relevance of wisdom literature

SS530 Prophetic Literature
3 credits. The historical circumstances of the rise of Israelite prophecy and the history and theology of pre-classical and classical prophets are considered.


SS616/716 New Testament Interpretation of the Old Testament
3 credits. This course enables the student to trace many connective strands which bind the two Testaments together and to develop competence in intertextual study. Attentiveness to the foundational principle of the NT offers helpful insight into the development of apostolic preaching during the middle of the first century as well as guidance for the contemporary application of Scripture.

SS621/721 Catholic Epistles
3 credits. This course, largely in seminar format, treats the “Catholic” epistles and the Apocalypse, with emphasis on literary genre and the theology of each writing. The study of Revelation will include the history of its interpretation as well as contemporary approaches.

SS639/739 New Testament Moral Theology
3 credits. For description see MS 639.

SS648/748 Passion and Resurrection Narratives
3 credits. This course presents a detailed study of the accounts from the Last Supper through the Resurrection in all four Gospels.

Seminars (3 credits per seminar)

SS805 Contemporary Issues in New Testament Interpretation
This is a methodological survey treating various forms and schools of contemporary New Testament exegesis.

SS825 Paul: Pastoral Context and Theological Reflection
Paul’s letters were responses to pastoral problems in his diverse communities. The course will first indicate the fundamental perspectives that influence Paul’s theology and then discuss his responses to specific problems, mainly as they emerge in the Corinthian Correspondence.

SS832 Deutero-Isaiah
The course is a seminar on Deutero-Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55) which examines the Deutero-Isaiah work, its theology, and its relationship to the larger Isaian corpus.

SS834 Romans as Christian Theology
This course will explore the theological argument and claims of Paul’s letter to the Romans as an example of first-century Christian theology, with special attention to Paul’s anthropology, theology, Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and view of Israel. Considers these theological resources in certain recent Catholic, ecumenical, and interfaith documents such as Gaudium et Spes, Nostra Aetate, and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

SS835 Revelation and Its Interpreters
An analysis of the book of Revelation in its historical context, an exploration of the ways in which it has been interpreted in church and culture throughout the centuries (with special emphasis on contemporary fundamentalism), and a consideration of its message for our own day.

SS852 Johannine Theology
After reviewing questions on the nature, setting, major themes, and relation to the Synoptic Gospels, the course focuses on a study of select passages in John’s work.


Church History

HS500 Ancient and Medieval Christianity
3 credits. This course is a survey of the major themes of Christianity from apostolic times until the Renaissance, stressing the changing forms of the relationship between the Church and the world.

HS501 Modern and Contemporary Catholicism
3 credits. This course is a survey of the major themes of the Catholic Church from the 16th Century until today. Special emphasis will be made of the ecumenical dimensions of the break-up of Christendom, the world-spread of Catholicism, the relationship of Catholicism to aspects of the modern world, and cultural and spiritual trends of the period.

HS570 American Catholicism
3 credits. This course is a historical survey of Roman Catholicism in the United States from colonial times to the present, comparing and contrasting major influences on the Roman Catholic Church in the United States with the European situation, particularly underscoring immigration and pluralism.


Moral and Spiritual Theology

MS500 Foundations of Moral Theology
3 credits. This course considers basic themes of Catholic moral theology: sin, conversion, moral development, Scripture and ethics, fidelity to the magisterium, natural law, conscience, discernment, character, and vocation.

MS501 Catholic Social Ethics
3 credits. Exploring biblical, theological, and ethical perspectives on Catholic social teaching, this course surveys the historical development of Church teaching on social, political, and economic questions, focusing on magisterial teachings from Rerum Novarum to the present.

MS505 Marriage, Human Sexuality and Celibacy
3 credits. This course offers a general introduction to the Catholic theology of marriage, to the moral dimensions of human sexuality, and to the vocation of priestly celibacy. The biblical, philosophical, and doctrinal foundations are presented for each topic as the basis for theological reflection. Contemporary social, cultural, and ethical questions about marriage, sexuality, and celibacy are discussed and analyzed.

MS506 Spiritual Theology
1.5 credits. This course introduces the basic concepts, practices, and classics of Christian spirituality in the Roman Catholic tradition. The course deals with the history and types of Christian spirituality, the mystery of God and prayer, the nature of religious experience, and the spirituality of priesthood.

MS508 Sacraments of Penance and Anointing
3 credits. This course is an interdisciplinary workshop on the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing, examining these two sacraments from the points of view of history, theology, pastoral practice, liturgical celebration, canonical requirements, etc.

MS571 Medical Ethics
3 credits. This course surveys current methodologies in medical ethics, the main traditional principles used in Catholic teaching on health care, and discusses concrete issues such as abortion, physician-assisted suicide, sterilization, in vitro fertilization, cloning, and HIV/AIDS.


MS621/721 20th Century Catholic Moral Theology
3 credits. This course is a seminar-style exploration of major developments in Catholic fundamental moral theology during the twentieth century: the nature and purposes of morality; foundations of theological anthropology; the sources of morality; the meaning of good/evil, right/wrong; and the nature of moral reasoning.

MS639/739 New Testament Moral Theology
3 credits. An exploration of the origins, content, and contemporary significance of the moral visions and teachings of Jesus and the New Testament writers and their notions of discipleship. Most of the course will be conducted as a seminar-type analysis of Scripture texts and the course texts.

MS644/744 French School of Spirituality
3 credits. This course examines writings of several major figures of the spiritual renewal of the 17th century in France: St. Francis de Sales, St. Vincent de Paul, Cardinal Pierre de Berulle, St. John Eudes, Jean-Jacques Olier, St. Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort, and their contribution to the theology of Baptism, the spiritual life, priesthood, and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

MS660/760 Moral Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas
3 credits. Based primarily upon his work in the Summa theologiae, this course studies the moral thought of the great Dominican scholar and teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas. It presents his moral thinking as a theology of the Christian life, an effort in faith to better understand and articulate the dynamics of humanity’s graced journey toward God, the origin and end of human existence. In light of the theology that governs the Summa as a whole, the course examines the accounts of happiness, human action, virtue, vice, law, and grace, as well as specific virtues, which appear in the two sections of the Secunda pars.

MS673/773 Moral Duties of the Priest
3 credits. The practice of parish ministry thrusts upon the priest a number of concrete moral dilemmas, many of which have legal implications. This elective explores those principles of professional ethics that can be used to resolve them.

Seminars (3 credits per seminar)

MS820 Moral Theology of Karl Rahner
Though perhaps less well known than some of his other writings, Rahner’s moral theology is highly significant, especially for its impact on modern fundamental moral theology.

MS830 American Catholic Social Thought and Activism
This course will examine individuals, groups and issues that have shaped the history of American Catholic involvement in social action to the present time, i.e. John Ryan, Charles Coughlin, the CentralVerein, the Catholic Worker, immigration, and Church-State relations.

MS834 Virtue and Discipleship
This course explores the meaning of Christian discipleship for the moral life and examines biblical, theological, and ethical perspectives of discipleship, the virtues required of disciples, and pastoral implications of following Jesus in this time and place. The course will engage students in practical application of the virtues for priestly ministry.

MS835 Readings in the History of Moral Theology
This course will study selected historical figures whose controversial moral approaches eventually became widely accepted, if not normative, in the tradition, including St. Paul on homosexuality; St. Augustine on just war; Bartolomeo de Las Casas on slavery; St. Alphonsus on the doubtful conscience; and John Courtney Murray on religious freedom.

MS836 Readings in Contemporary Moral Theology
This course will be a reading seminar focused on several of the major modern writers in Catholic moral theology, including Bernard Häring, Josef Fuchs, and Richard McCormick.

MS840 Moral Theology in the Writings of Bl. John Paul II
This seminar will examine key encyclicals and pastoral statements of Bl. John Paul II on various aspects of moral theology, i.e. themes in fundamental moral theology, sexuality, marriage and family, social ethics. It will also explore his poetry as well as biographical and autobiographical material.


Pastoral Theology

PS503 Survey of Canon Law
3 credits. This course provides a general introduction to the Code of Canon Law as it relates to pastoral ministry, including the notion of law in general and in Church usage; the source of the governing power in the Church and its nature; the rights and obligations of the Christian Faithful in the Church; distinctions between laypersons and clerics and their respective roles in the life and governance of the Church.

PS504 Canon Law of Marriage
3 credits. This course will address theological, historical, canonical, and pastoral aspects of the sacraments with specific focus on Matrimony: preparation for marriage, impediments, elements of and defects in matrimonial consent, indissolubility, canonical form, mixed-religion marriages, convalidation, and grounds and procedures involved in seeking to have a marriage declared null.

PS511 Basic Skills for Effective Preaching
3 credits. Preaching I helps the student develop the basic expressive and communicative gifts needed for effective preaching, including the use of Scripture, poetry, culture, and art to stimulate faith and imagination. Special emphasis is placed on cultivating the student’s poetic and rhetorical abilities in oral communication and written composition as well as learning how to use prayer, meditation, and biblical exegesis for preaching in parish situations.

PS512 Preaching from the Lectionary
3 credits. Preaching II helps to develop more advanced homiletic abilities necessary for pastoral ministry as a priest, including the use of the lectionary readings for preaching major liturgical seasons and feasts, the skills for preparing and delivering daily and Sunday parish homilies, homilies for seasonal liturgical preaching and on select pastoral and doctrinal issues such as homilies for children, for weddings and funerals, and for challenging or controversial topics.

PS520 Pastoral Ministry in an Ecumenical and Interfaith Context
3 credits. An introduction to the theological foundations of ecumenism and interfaith relations, various expressions of Christian and Jewish traditions, ecumenical dialogues and theological issues, and practical ecumenism, this course is designed to prepare future clergy for informed and sensitive interaction with faith communities (both their clergy and their lay people) from other traditions.

PS530 Pastoral Care and Practice I
1.5 credits. This course will address the theological foundations of and psychospiritual dynamics for pastoral care and counseling required of pastors. It is always taken in conjunction with PS535.

PS531 Pastoral Care and Practice II
1.5 credits. A continuation of PS530, this course provides basic information on the principles, methods, definitions and issues of pastoral care and counseling in the parochial context. It is always taken in conjunction with PS536.

PS535 Pastoral Internship I
1.5 credits. This is a one semester hospital-based ministry internship. It is always taken in conjunction with PS530.

PS536 Pastoral Internship II
1.5 credits. A continuation of PS535. It is always taken in conjunction with PS531.

PS540 Pastor as Catechist
1.5 credits. This course is designed to enhance and promote an appreciation of catechetics in the Church with particular emphasis on the role of the pastor/priest in understanding, guiding, and participating in parish catechetical programs.

PS542 Pastor as Evangelist
1.5 credits. The focus of this course is the role, demands, and expectations of the pastor/priest within the context of the New Evangelization.

PS545 Pastoral Internship III
1.5 credits. This is a one semester parish-based ministry internship. It is always taken in conjunction with PS540.

PS546 Pastoral Internship IV
1.5 credits. A continuation of PS545. Always taken in conjunction with PS542.

PS552 Pastoral Administration & Leadership
3 credits. There are varied tasks, roles, relationships, and structures for today’s pastor. This course considers the fundamental administrative skills needed by pastors, e.g., personnel, finances, budgeting, pastoral planning, etc., as well as pastoral leadership skills, including professional ethics, effective use of pastoral councils, pastoral teams, human resource management. Students are expected to review and know their own diocesan processes, procedures, and structures of accountability, in anticipation of full-time ministry after priestly ordination.


PS628 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
3 credits. This course trains students in the processes involved in planning for and executing the Catechumenate at the parish level. To achieve this, students will analyze Christian Initiation; its underlying and concomitant theological and pastoral issues; its necessary ministries; strategies of implementing the Rites themselves; and evaluating the entire process.

PS641 Pastoral Issues in Liturgical Music
3 credits. This course focuses on pastoral-music issues encountered in the parish environment, and the development of the basic skills in, and appreciation of, the music and collaborative roles necessary to lead the assembly in worship.


Systematic & Liturgical Theology

SL500 Fundamental Theology
3 credits. This course treats foundational issues in systematic theology – the nature and method of theology, divine revelation, the modern situation of faith and reason, and the concept of faith, dogma and teaching authority.

SL501 Christology/Soteriology
3 credits. This course is a study of the person and work of Jesus Christ in the light of biblical, patristic, conciliar, medieval, modern, and contemporary systematic reflection.

SL502 Theology of the Church
3 credits. This course studies the nature, mission, and ministry of the Church, its essential characteristics and structures, and the relationship between the Church and the world as these themes are developed in the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

SL503 Theological Anthropology
3 credits. This course examines the Christian understanding of the human person before God. It reflects upon the doctrines of creation, sin, and grace.

SL505 Theology of the Eucharist
4 credits for ordination candidates, including 1 credit practicum; otherwise 3 credits. This course examines the biblical origins of the Eucharist, treats the development of Eucharistic theology from a historical perspective, reviews the Roman rite historically with close study of the current rite since Vatican II, and studies the structure of the Eucharistic Prayer and its theological underpinnings.

SL506 Sacramental Theology: Baptism and Confirmation
4 credits for ordination candidates, including 1 credit practicum; otherwise 3 credits. This course provides an overview of the anthropological, biblical, and theological foundations, as well as the contemporary pastoral experience of the celebration of the Christian sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Issues including symbolic content, divine institution, causality, and validity will be reviewed from both a historical and systematic perspective.

SL507 Doctrine of God
3 credits. This course is a theological examination of the classic Christian doctrine of God in light of contemporary discussions of salvation, creation, ecclesiology, Eastern theology, theologies of liberation, feminism, and language about God.

SL510 Liturgical Theology
3 credits. This course considers the development of Christian worship from its Jewish matrix through the liturgical tradition of the Church as it developed in the different periods to its present contemporary practice.

SL519 Theology of Ministry and Ordained Priesthood
3 credits. This course examines key biblical, historical, theological, and pastoral perspectives on the nature and meaning of ecclesial ministry (both lay and ordained) in the Roman Catholic tradition.

SL553 Patristic Theology
3 credits. A survey of the life and works of selected Church Fathers from the second to approximately the sixth century, with attention to the development of the canon, ethics, theology, spirituality, and liturgy.

SL554 Marian Theology/Spirituality
1.5 credits. This course explores the anthropological, biblical, doctrinal, and systematic approaches to a theology of Mary, including Marian devotions and spirituality, within the context of the communion of saints.

SL555 Eschatology
1.5 credits. An examination of the Catholic understanding of human person, the Church, and world history before God by reflecting on the doctrines that constitute eschatology (the last things), e.g., the relationship between sin and death, initial and final judgment, the end of history, heaven, hell, purgatory, and the hope of fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.


SL604/704 Missiology
3 credits. This course investigates Roman Catholic perspectives on Christian mission in its biblical, historical, theological, and practical dimensions. The nature of Christian mission will encompass Catholic pastoral activities in parish settings.

SL650/750 Bl. John Henry Newman, Theologian
3 credits. This course treats two works of Bl. John Henry Newman, Essay on the Development of Doctrine and Grammar of Assent.

SL653 Introduction to Patristics
3 credits. A survey of the life and works of selected Church Fathers from the second to approximately the sixth century, with attention to the development of the canon, ethics, theology, spirituality, and liturgy.

SL654/754 Extra Ecclesiam
3 credits. A survey of the theological dictum “Outside the Church there is no salvation” from patristic to contemporary times.

SL675/775 Faith in Secular Age
3 credits. The “modern world” understood as a “secular world” (global, pluralistic, multi-religious, rational, market-oriented, and scientific) provides the context for reasonable Christian faith based on a divine revelation which transcends reason. The course surveys the history of this question, analyzes the changes that occurred at Vatican II, studies the various interpretations of faith and culture which have prevailed in Christianity historically and which recommend themselves today, defines the current debates about faith in a secular age, and concludes with reflections about the conception of God in post-metaphysical categories.

Seminars (3 credits per seminar)

SL823 Theology of the Word
This seminar deals with the thematic idea of the “Word” to express and connect such fundamental Christian ideas as divine revelation, scripture, Christology, liturgy and sacraments. This seminar explores these dimensions with their special implications for priesthood and ministry.

SL826 Christological Passages
This course examines the 27 New Testament documents which the Apostle Paul and others produced as early Christian “confessions” or proclamations of faith in Jesus of Nazareth in the form of simple statements, traditional creedal formulas and more developed liturgical hymns. By concentrating on these earliest examples of Christological theology, this course benefits students of Sacred Scripture and Christology.

SL852 Contemporary Ecclesiology
This course examines major contemporary issues involved in ecclesiology and studies these issues in light of and in relation to principal pre-conciliar, conciliar and post-conciliar texts.

SL860 Rediscovering Vatican II
This course studies the origins and developments of Vatican II’s key documents, as well as the receptions and rejections of its teachings, and evaluates the successes and failures of application of the council’s teachings in the life of the Church.

SL866 Contemporary Christology
This course explores various Christological thought of the late twentieth century, including Bultmann, Gogarten, Tillich, Rahner, Schillebeeckx, Teilhard de Chardin, Sobrino, Boff, Moltmann, and Pannenberg.



Liberal Arts

ENG202 Writing for Theology and Philosophy
3 credits. This course is designed to help students understand the writing process and supply them with all of the components that they need to research and write effectively in theology and philosophy.

ENG305/307 Grammar for Writing I & II
6 credits. (3 credits each semester) This course focuses on grammar trouble spots in writing and incorporates several different skill areas: syntax, vocabulary, and rhetoric in order to improve students’ writing skills.

ENG306 Speech
3 credits. This course is designed to improve personal articulation for effective communication and public speaking.

HUMS201 The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Literature and the Arts
3 credits. This course is an introduction to the Western ethos as articulated in various forms of art, music, literature, theater and architecture, and the interaction of these in the formation of culture.

HUMS500 Cultures
3 credits. This course provides an introduction to global Catholic culture in order to help students recognize different cultural patterns, understand the history and traditions behind these cultural patterns, and develop skills to interact appropriately in a variety of contexts.

ENG203 Communication for Pastors I/II
3 credits. (1.5 each semester) This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the communication process. It treats diverse ways of communicating in a pastoral setting, beginning with effective and clear written communication proceeding through oral proclamation and public speaking, finishing with media and public relations.

BL201/202 Ecclesiastical Latin I and II
3 credits each semester.

SPAN201/202 Pastoral Spanish I and II
3 credits each semester.


PHIL101 An Introduction to Philosophical Argumentation
3 credits. This is an introductory course in logic and critical thinking. It draws from the thought of Western philosophy since Aristotle, and includes consideration of the nature of formal arguments, especially syllogisms; truth, validity, and soundness; the distinction between deduction and induction in reasoning; and the types of informal fallacies.

PHIL203 Philosophical Anthropology
3 credits. This course is a historical and systematic survey of major theories of human nature beginning with world religions and classical Greek thought. It includes modern and contemporary philosophical thought, as well as detailed treatments of the anthropology implicit in the Bible and the philosophical and theological reflections of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and current Church teaching. Certain contemporary views of the person are also considered in order to complement the anthropology presupposed by the pastoral, ethical, and sacramental life of the Church.

PHIL204 Metaphysics
3 credits. This course is a systematic survey of the philosophical discipline which concerns itself with Wisdom and the first principles and causes of being, in short, the highest aspirations and attainments of human reason. It does so via a study of important thinkers in the tradition of metaphysical thinking, with special attention given to Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas as well as Benedict XVI. The relationship between metaphysics and theology is a focal theme. Key concepts in the course include substance, form, actuality, creation, esse, participation, and relation.

PHIL205 Philosophical Ethics
3 credits. This course treats general principles of ethical decision-making and moral action. It considers topics such as conscience, natural law, freedom, responsibility, virtue and vice. It treats the notions of the common good, solidarity, and subsidiarity which are central to Catholic social ethics. Students also will be introduced to influential ethical theories such as utilitarianism, deontology, and emotivism. The moral thought of St. Thomas Aquinas is emphasized.

PHIL301 Ancient Philosophy
3 credits. This introductory course focuses on the emergence and early development of philosophy among the Greeks; Socrates, Plato, and Platonism; Aristotle’s philosophical achievement; and the Church Fathers’ engagement with Hellenistic thought, culminating with St. Augustine. Important concepts of the course include nature, cosmos, logos, form, cause, science, wisdom, prudence, virtue, creation, communio, and the disciplinary terms “philosophy” and “theology” themselves.

PHIL302 Medieval and Modern Philosophy
3 credits. A continuation of PHIL 301, this course introduces the student to highpoints of the medieval period of thought, especially scholasticism, with special attention given to St. Thomas Aquinas (“sacred doctrine,” natural law, virtue, creationist metaphysics, and the relationships between natural law, human law, and divine law). In modern philosophy the course considers the new conceptions of Nature and natural science authored by Bacon and Descartes; new articulations of human nature and the human person (Machiavelli, Hobbes; Locke); and various philosophical reactions to the foregoing by Rousseau; Kant; Hegel; Marx; and Nietzsche. These include concepts such as compassion, autonomy, and values. A sustained comparison and contrast with pre-modern thinking is intended to help the student synthesize historical and systematic learning.

PHIL305 Epistemological Issues in Theology
3 credits. This course focuses upon the human capacity for, and achievement of, objective knowledge and truth. It surveys the classical (Plato/Aristotle/St. Thomas Aquinas) schema of cognitive powers-acts-and-objects; phenomenology’s analyses of “intentionality”; and concludes with Benedict XVI’s analysis of the contemporary situation vis-à-vis truth, as well as his development of several avenues (conscience, cultural dialogue, communio) for attaining and “living-in” the truth.

PHIL306 Contemporary Issues in Philosophy
3 credits. An introduction to political philosophy, this course considers modern science, especially when it influences culture and practice; and the moral foundations of liberal democracy: human equality, freedom, and dignity. After a general consideration of science as a worldview and these moral principles, the course consider contemporary topics involving them, including debates over the nature of marriage and issues in biotechnology and bioethics. This course is particularly intended to help the student synthesize and apply previous philosophical learning.

PHIL307 Philosophy of Nature
3 credits. This course covers essential terms and categories of Aristotelian philosophy of nature (matter/form/motion/cause/teleology/etc); developments in modern physics and biology in relationship to Aristotelian physics and biology; and the relationship between revealed truths about human origins and destiny and modern science, especially evolutionary theory. It particularly emphasizes the concept of hylomorphism as a foundation of philosophical anthropology and ethics.

PHIL308 Philosophy of God
3 credits. This course considers the truths about the existence, nature, and attributes of God that can be arrived at by natural reason. This includes St. Thomas Aquinas’ five ways, the metaphysics of esse, the divine simplicity, and God’s wisdom, goodness, and justice. In addition, the course considers the nature and problems of philosophical discourse about God; the relationships among divine omnipotence, providence, and human freedom; the problem of evil; and the theme of modern atheism.

Religious Studies

RLST202 Introduction to Scripture
3 credits. This course is an introduction to the growth and content of the Bible, contemporary Roman Catholic theological perspectives on the study of Scripture, and various biblical research tools.

RLST203 Introduction to Catholic Catechism I
3 credits. This course provides an overview of the Catholic dogmatic tradition contained in Part One of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

RLST204 Introduction to Catholic Catechism II
3 credits. This course provides an overview of the Catholic moral tradition contained in Part Three of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

RLST206 Prayer and Priesthood
3 credits. (1.5 each semester) This course provides an overview of the Catholic spiritual tradition contained in Part Four of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.