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: - Biblical texts for the Theology of grace and redemption; - Paul’s letter to the Romans as a text of theological anthropology; - A further look at the Theology of original sin (its New Testament roots, its development in Augustine during the Pelagian controversy, its ongoing effect on the Western tradition); - The Theology of grace from Augustine to Aquinas; - Justification in Paul, in the Reformers, in Trent and in the context of today’s ecumenical accords; - Grace, free will and predestination, from the Reformation to our day; faith, grace and works; - Nature, culture and grace; the operation of grace within and beyond the Church; - The anthropological vision of Vatican II in reference to the contemporary world, and in the light of the Church’s tradition. 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.
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