The student will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a human being, in light of their own and all of humanity’s relation to God. This will include our own and God’s relation to the whole cosmos and, in particular, to the world in which we live.
Course Outline: - 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 1and 2 and other biblical texts: 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-centered and Redemption-centered views of the Incarnation (Aquinas, Scotus et al.); - Creation and evolution, Christian anthropology and modern science; - John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’. Learning Outcomes: The students will grow personally in their understanding of the relation of every individual person and of all humanity to God, in accordance with the Church’s teaching. Besides encouraging them to deepen their own humanity, this will help them to engage more generously and effectively in their future ministries and commitments. That God is the Lover of Humanity will inspire them to live their lives for the benefit of others, both those who belong to the household of the faith and those who do not.
BENEDICT XVI, In the Beginning… Catholic Understanding of Creation and the Fall (London, n.d. - previous edition by Grand Rapids, Wm. B. Eerdmans 1995, with author as J. RATZINGER); HAUGHT J.F., Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution (Mahwah, Paulist Press 2001); HAYES Z., The Gift of Being: A Theology of Creation (Collegeville, Michael Glazier 2001); JOHN PAUL II, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (Translation, Introduction and Index by M. Waldstein) (Boston, Pauline Books and Media 2006); SACHS J.R., The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology (Collegeville, Michael Glazier 1991); SCHÖNBORN C., Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution and a Rational Faith (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 2007); VATICAN COUNCIL II, Gaudium et Spes [Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World] 7 December, 1965; WEST C., Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II’s ‘Gospel of the Body’ (Leominster, Gracewing 2003); WILEY T., Original Sin: Origins, Developments and Contemporary Meaning (Mahwah, Paulist Press 2002).