The creation of man and the universe – creatio ex nihilo; sexual differentiation; original justice, the Fall and humanity’s ongoing history – theology and anthropology of Genesis 1-11; man in relation to the cosmos, the animals, the angels and God; man as a relational, inter-personal being, whose ‘pre-destiny’ is Christ; man the image of God (in Scripture and in Augustine) and Christ the centre of all; the theology of original sin in relation to the theology of creation; Creation-centred and Redemption-centred views of the Incarnation (Aquinas, Scotus et al.); creation and evolution, Christian anthropology and modern science; John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’.
Textbook: Haffner P., Mystery of Creation (Leominster, 1995);Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes. Joint Declaration on Justification by Faith of the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church (Grand Rapids-Michigan, 2000); Benedict XVI, ‘In the Beginning …’: A Catholic Understanding of Creation and the Fall (London, n.d. previous edition by Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1995, with author as Joseph Ratzinger); Kuttianimattathil j., Theological Anthropology: A Christian Vision of Human Beings (Bangalore, 2009); Haught J.F., Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution (New York, 2001); Hayes Z., The Gift of Being: A Theology of Creation (Collegeville-Minnesota, 2001); Ormerod N., Creation, Grace and Redemption (New York, Maryknoll 2007); Sachs J.R., The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology (Collegeville-Minnesota, 1991); Schönborn C., Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution and a Rational Faith (San Francisco, 2007); West C., Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II’s ‘Gospel of the Body’ (Leominster, 2003).