General Objective: To gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a human being, in light of each one’s own and all of humanity’s relation to God. This will include each one’s own and God’s relation to the whole cosmos and, in particular, to the world in which we live.
Course Outlines: 1. Biblical texts for the theology of grace and redemption. 2. Paul’s letter to the Romans as a text of theological anthropology. 3. 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). 4. The theology of grace from Augustine to Aquinas. 5. Various ways of describing or classifying grace; 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. 6. The anthropological vision of Vatican II in reference to the contemporary world, and in the light of the Church’s tradition.
Textbook: Haffner, Paul. 2010. Mystery of Creation. 2nd Rev. Edition. Leominster: Gracewing. Bibliography: Bonino, Serge-Thomas, ed. 2009. Surnaturel: A Controversy at the Heart of Twentieth-Century Thomistic Thought. Florida: Sapientia Press; Duffy, Stephen. 1993. The Dynamics of Grace. Collegeville: Liturgical Press; Lutheran World Federation and Roman Catholic Church. 2000. Joint Declaration on Justification. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Oakes, Edward. 2016. A Theology of Grace in Six Controversies. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans; Ormerod, Neil. 2007. Creation, Grace and Redemption. New York: Maryknoll; Vatican Council II. 1965. Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Vatican City: LEV.