To accompany the students in their Synthesis ad Baccalaureatum by preparing them for their final written and/or oral examinations.
At the beginning of the Seminar, particular attention will be paid to Article 14 of the Academic Regulations. The fuller implications of that brief statement will be teased out by developing the following themes: • What Do We Mean by a ‘Synthesis’? The relationship between analytical and synthetic thinking. The manner in which ‘synthesis’ both differs from and yet presumes and requires analysis. • Style and Content: The need for clear thinking, which results in clear expression of the thought. How to express oneself well and accurately theologically, yet in clear, simple, and easily understood English. • Sources: Choosing and using them well, combining them neatly. Reflection on what the principal sources of Catholic theology are: Scripture as the heart of theology; the place of the Church Fathers in theological thinking; major authors and authorities in the Medieval (Scholastic), Modern, and Contemporary periods; the role of the Magisterium and the use of magisterial texts.
Materials will be provided by the Professor.
• Upon completion of the course, students are expected to grow theologically, in particular in his or her reading, writing, thinking, synthesizing, and presentational skills. • The goal is that they will do so in a way that helps them to perform to the best of their abilities in their final exam, thereby qualifying as Bachelors in Theology.