THE101: Theological Foundations of Christian Culture

Key details

Unit typeCore unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit of study introduces the theological roots of Christian culture through a study of the contemporary state of secularized Western culture and the way in which Catholic theology interprets this phenomenon. The theological foundations of culture which are treated include the Incarnation of Christ as the focus of human history; the Church as the extension of the Incarnation in time and the organ of an historical tradition which the Church transmits and renews; an understanding of history as the arena of opposing spiritual forces, guided by Divine Providence; the Communion of Saints as a bond of historical continuity between past, present and future generations; prayer and the Liturgy as the means of maintaining communion with God and participating in the Paschal Mystery.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

a) identify the main theological ideas in the Christian tradition as they pertain to the theology of culture;
b) identify and explain the historical and cultural aspects of the Christian revelation, which incorporates fundamental principles of Trinitarian dogma and ecclesiology;
c) explain, discuss and evaluate the importance of truth, beauty and goodness in Christian culture, including the embodiment of these transcendentals within liturgy;
d) demonstrate clear written expression, concise logical essay structure and the appropriate use of referencing and bibliography in compliance with academic conventions;
e) summarise and communicate in a logical, coherent and persuasive manner;
f) constructively participate in group work and tutorial events by undertaking required readings and contribute with clarity and coherence.

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