This subject introduces the theological roots of Christian culture and explores how this culture compares and engages with modern, secularized Western culture. The theological foundations of culture which are treated follow the structure of the Nicene Creed and include creation and the imago dei, sin and the Fall, the covenant calling of Israel, the Incarnation and Christology, the Trinity, the Church, the communion of saints and the Virgin Mary, forgiveness, and the Eucharist.
This subject introduces revelation in the shared Judaeo-Christian tradition of the Old Testament and its fulfilment in the incarnation, the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ as presented and reflected on in the Christian New Testament. Students will be introduced to the topics of canonicity, inspiration, the relationship between Scripture and Tradition, the historical-critical method and contemporary methods of biblical criticism. The content and major themes of the various books of the Old and New Testaments will be treated.
This subject provides an account of the theological principles governing each of the seven sacraments (Baptism, Penance, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick) as well as the foundational principles of the associated theological anthropology. More specifically, the subject examines the following: the concept of the fall, original sin and redemption; the human person as Imago Dei; the theology of grace; the relationship between nature and grace; the meaning of redemption; elements of Christian eschatology; contemporary issues in Sacramental Theology such as the situation of those who die unbaptized and the ordination of women.
This subject involves a study of the theological foundations of Catholic moral teaching. This encompasses the biblical sources of the teaching, the historical development of moral theology and the role of the Magisterium of the Church in authoritative pronouncements on moral questions. Topics treated include the history of Moral Theology, moral absolutes, conscience, the role of emotions in morality, sin, freedom and responsibility, and conscience. There is also a general treatment of issues in social ethics, bio-ethics and sexual ethics.
This subject reviews the Church’s encounter with modernity and post-modernity by a study of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, including an analysis of their theological background and the validity of different interpretations of the Council’s teaching, together with an examination of subsequent teaching, especially in the promulgations of John Paul II and the works of scholars associated with the Communio School. More specifically, the subject examines the following topics and concepts: the intellectual & historical antecedents-Vatican I, the modernist crisis and the ressourcement movement; the Conciliar & post-Conciliar documents on marriage and family; Lumen Gentium and Communio Ecclesiology; Dignitatis Humanae and political theology; the Encyclicals of John Paul II on the new evangelisation; the culture of modernity and postmodernity; and the emerging principles of a post-Conciliar synthesis.
Bioethics is an interdisciplinary study, relying on knowledge of, and the interaction between, human biology, medicine, moral philosophy and – in the context of a Catholic college-moral – theology. The purpose of this subject is to provide an interdisciplinary account of the ethical issues at stake where medical science and technology impact upon human beings and human society as a whole. This subject will further develop students’ understanding of the variety of ethical approaches on offer, building upon earlier subjects in theology, philosophy and science.
More specifically the content examines a range of contemporary ethical issues including: the dignity of the human person and the notion of fundamental human rights; the anthropological and ethical issues involved with genetic engineering, gene therapies, genetic testing, human reproductive technologies and surrogacy; theories of human personhood and their application to humans with disabilities and those at the beginning and end of life; the Hippocratic tradition in medicine; human embryo experimentation; asexual reproduction; cloning and experimentation on human beings; euthanasia, organ transplantation, xenotransplantation and human-animal transgenesis; stem cell technology; and public policy, personal autonomy and choice in decision making.
This unit considers human moral development and the integration of sexuality with Christian morality in light of an awareness of contemporary cultural conditions. It will begin with a consideration on how cultures in general work to form human persons. It will then cover the Christian account of forming persons with reference to the virtues, and with reference to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The next phase of the course deals with the fundamental nuptiality of the human body as revealed in Scripture and how current manifestations of human sexuality, from divorce to pornography, distort that inevitably theological account of the human body, and by extension, the human person.
This subject addresses issues of public morality in contemporary society. Through a detailed study of Catholic social teaching students will analyse the ethical dimensions of a range of public issues.
This subject addresses issues of public morality in contemporary society. Through a detailed study of Catholic social teaching, students analyse the ethical and theological dimensions of a range of public issues. These are linked to important developments in the philosophical understanding of justice from Ancient Greece until the present era. There is a particular focus on issues that are the subject of robust political debate and on which the Catholic Church has enunciated a clear teaching. Specific topics treated include the strengths and weaknesses of the free market economy; the just war tradition; capital punishment; work and leisure; environmental ethics; and issues pertaining to poverty and underdevelopment.
Completion of eight Theology units constitutes a major.