Distance Learning

Foundation Courses for the MA in Theology through Distance Learning

  • THE 601OL (online) - Biblical Foundations
    This course will present the basic principles of the interpretation of the Bible within the Catholic tradition. It will evaluate the strengths and difficulties of biblical criticism as it has developed in recent centuries. Alternate approaches, such as that of the early Christian fathers, will be examined. Differences in biblical interpretation among Christian denominations will be discussed. The Bible will be shown as the foundation of Christian prayer, catechetics, and family and community life.
  • THE 602OL - Theological Foundations
    Theology will be approached as a service to the Christian people, enabling them to fully understand their faith in each successive age. Thus, emphasis will be placed on how the insights of theology can assist in individual and communal spiritual growth and in the renewal of the Church. Some philosophical background to theological study will be presented.
  • THE 603OL (online) - Historical Foundations
    Many of the major figures, spiritual movements, and theologies in the history of Christianity will be studied in this course. It will provide a perspective on the origins of numerous aspects of Christian faith, life, and worship; on the sources of division among Christians; and on other important topics essential to the understanding of Christianity.
  • THE 604OL (online) - Teachings of Vatican II
    The teachings of the Second Vatican Council constitute the modern basis for Roman Catholics’ understanding of the Church and its renewal. This course examines the history and importance of ecumenical councils, the historical and theological background of the Second Vatican Council, and, most important, the meaning and application of the council’s teachings in the Church today.
  • THE 605OL (online) - Foundations of Moral Theology
    This course explores some foundational issues in moral theology, such as the following: the structure of the human/moral act, the meaning of moral law, the meaning of virtue, the nature of conscience, the nature and possibility of mortal sin. The course focuses on understanding the contributions of recent magisterial statements, especially Veritatis Splendor, in the context of significant background texts and current controversies and debates about these issues.
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