Pontifical Faculty of Theology

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

Hybrid

Mission

The Canonical Bachelor degree in Theology is a five-year basic program. It aims to impart a solid philosophical education, which is a necessary propaedeutic for theological studies, and to offer an organic exposition of the whole of Catholic doctrine, covering a coordinated presentation of all the disciplines, along with an introduction to theological scientific methodology.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will acquire a deep grasp of the entire catholic doctrine grounded in divine revelation, which allows them to gain nourishment for their own spiritual...
life, and to announce and safeguard it in the exercise of the ministry.
2. Graduates will acquire a personal theological synthesis, a mastery of the method of scientific research and thus become able to explain sacred doctrine appropriately.
3. Graduates will be ready to fulfill pastoral ministry and other functions in the Church, especially in the administration of a parish, in catechetical and homiletic skills, in divine worship and particularly the celebration of the sacraments.

Program Outcomes

a. Ability to understand major philosophical systems, especially those which exercise a greater influence in the region, and to discern what is proven to be true therein and detect the roots of errors and refute them.
b. Ability to understand the characteristics of the contemporary mind, and enter into dialogue with men and women of today.
c. Ability to read the Holy Scriptures in their original languages.
d. Ability to explain biblical texts according to a valid method of exegesis and in the light of a comprehensive view of the whole of Sacred Scripture.
e. Ability to announce in a suitable way the teaching of the Gospel and of the doctrine of the Catholic Church to the people of today in a manner adapted to their understanding.
f. Ability to exercise a pastoral ministry in the Church.
g. Ability to understand doctrine of non-Catholic Churches and non-Christian religions and enter into dialogue with them.
h. Ability to examine theological questions by their own appropriate research and with scientific methodology.
i. Ability to go on to the second cycle and pursue higher theological studies.
161 credits
General Education
English Communication
3 credits
THEO220Fundamental Theology: Revelation and Faith
3 credits
This is the introductory course to theological studies which also addresses the foundations of Christianity, divine revelation and faith.
First, it explains what theology is, by exploring its history, specifying its nature, its methods, its purpose, and by presenting its fields of reflection, and the different theological disciplines, along with a particular focus on fundamental theology.
The second part of the course is devoted to the themes of Revelation and faith, in addition to the study of the main theological concepts, the Word of God, the living Tradition, and the Church's Magisterium.
PHI201Introduction to Philosophy
3 credits
The course will introduce students to philosophical thinking and practice. It will cover, on the one hand, the main philosophical trends, highlighting their specificity and their creative input and, on the other hand, the most representative authors in the history of philosophical thought. In an effort not to separate these themes and the fundamental questions of mankind, the course attempts to show the relationship that develops between the aforementioned notions; with the aim of addressing their impact on certain world views that constantly interpolate us within contemporary societies.
PSY201Introduction to Psychology
3 credits
This introductory course is also enrolled in general education as a prerequisite for students who will pursue psychology training. This course will provide students with the basic concepts in psychology and will facilitate their access to knowledge during their academic curriculum. It includes the following objectives: understanding psychology from a historical and a theoretical perspective (Gestalt, phenomenological, experimental, scientific, psychoanalytic and cognitive, etc.); understanding the various fields of psychology (clinical, experimental, developmental, educational, social, etc.) and the different methods used (experimental, clinical, psychometric, projective, etc.); providing an appropriate approach to personality issues - basic needs, affective and emotional (feelings, emotions), intellectual (cognition, memory) and social (social influence).
SOC201Introduction to Sociology
3 credits
This course provides a basic knowledge of general sociology: a) it presents an overview of the context of the event­emergence of sociology on the basis of the main founders and focuses on methodological perspectives and applied sociological methods and techniques. b) it focuses on the key principles of social themes, which description and definition have fueled and fed the many debates that are changing the discipline in the vast corpus of scientific knowledge. This course provides students with general sociology elements, sensitizes their "sociological perspective" and develops their critical reflection on various social issues.
THEO471Modern and Contemporary Church History
3 credits
From the Renaissance Church (16th century) to Vatican II (1962-1965)
This course covers five centuries, from the Renaissance Church (16th century) to Vatican II (1962-1965), and includes two parts: the first part focuses on the Renaissance in addition to the Protestant and Catholic reforms; the second part tackles the 19th and 20th century, the era of revolutions and adaptations. Luther's revolt in the 16th century and the 1789 Revolution are main events for society and the Church. What had paved the way for them? Who are the main actors and what are their motivations? What were the challenges facing the Church in all fields, both doctrinal and pastoral, life of the clergy and involvement of the lay persons? A council marks each studied period: the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council. We examine how each of them blends tradition and adaptation, their development, their key documents, their receipt, their actors and especially the Popes from John XXIII to John Paul II. This course helps students learn to "read the signs of the times" through world events, in the middle of which the People of God live and to whom He was sent.
Quantitative Reasoning
3 credits
THEO260Sacred Art
3 credits
The objective of this course is to give students a general knowledge of religious visual representations in the fields of architecture, painting and sacred music from the early Christian period to the contemporary world.
This global vision of Christian art will take into account the main movements of the West and East, and the various monumental and minor art objects displayed in our churches and used during liturgical celebrations.
This will enable students to recognize the plans of churches and determine the architectural elements characterizing their style. They will also become able to differentiate between the sacred element of religious music, to clarify its role in liturgy, and determine the different genres and the various actors according to their grades and their roles.
Science and Health
3 credits
THEO351Social Ethics
3 credits
The course deals with both the relationships between members of the same society, and those between various societies. It opens the way to a very wide field, that of social issues addressed from the perspective of the Church’s social doctrine, and enables students to deepen their thoughts and actions on various themes: the dignity of the human being created in the image of God, human rights, labor as the key of social issues, economy, peace, politics, and role of the family.
In our analysis of the different themes of social doctrine, we will use their anthropological and theological foundations in the Scripture, the main principles developed by the Fathers of the Church and the teaching of the Magisterium stated in official documents from Rerum Novarum (1891) until Centesimus Annus (1991).
Finally, we will address the question of social morality from a pastoral point of view based on the current vision of the Church.
Sports
1 credits
Common Core
THEO201Biblical Greek
3 credits
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the reading of the Greek text of the New Testament and to its translation, by studying the main principles related to the grammatical and syntactic systems of the Greek language and the minimum required vocabulary.
THEO202Biblical Hebrew
3 credits
The objective of this course is to help students in theology read and translate the Hebrew biblical texts and analyze them grammatically, in order to prepare them for biblical exegesis. The study of the Hebrew language will mainly focus on the Hebrew grammar (morphology and syntax) based on a selection of Hebrew texts from the Bible.
- The 1st level of grammar will cover morphology and nouns, while the 2nd level will cover verbs.
- The texts will include readings and translations, and grammatical analysis of selected passages from the Pentateuch, the books of the Prophets and the Psalms.
PHI210Greek Philosophy
3 credits
This course is divided into two parts. The first part examines pre­Socratic sources that give students the proper tools to acquire philosophical thinking in their quest for the nature of things, and in their attempt to unveil both natural and human phenomena. It thus includes the main schools of thought such as the School of Miletus (Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes), the Pythagorean school (Pythagoras), the Ionian school (Heraclitus), the Eleatic school (Parmenides), as well as the Sophists. The second part deals with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
PHI453Hermeneutics
3 credits
Having originated within the context of biblical interpretation, hermeneutics was freed from its dogmatic and institutional limits to become a discipline that mediated and reconciled stylistics, trans­linguistics, word­for­word linguistics and dissertation analysis, as well as a reading of the world as text. It is the restoration and disclosure of meaning that interprets and identifies the significance of the written and spoken word. The course traces the journey that this discipline has made from Schleiermacher to Ricoeur, as well as Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer, Szondi, Jaussand and Appel.
PHI213History of Contemporary Philosophy
3 credits
This course is intended to develop, in the first part, the philosophical question of existence of Kierkegaard and other existentialist philosophers (Sartre, Jaspers, Scheler, Gabriel Marcel). This course analyzes, in the second part, the basic principles of phenomenology as defined by Edmund Husserl and by numerous contemporary phenomenologists. In this framework, the course explains the Husserl phenomenological heritage and its innovative Heidegger reception. Different manifestations of phenomenological practice and its particular development will be considered within the French phenomenological school represented by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, Henry Michel and Jean-Luc Marion. Particular attention will be given to the "phenomenology of life" of Michel Henry.
THEO210Introduction to the Bible
3 credits
The Introduction to the Bible course aims to answer questions whose knowledge is a prerequisite to understanding the inspired Book, though written in well-defined historical, social and cultural contexts. More specifically, it is related to the history of the biblical texts writing, of sacred history that is told therein, the world of the Bible, its geography and its various political and religious movements. The course also outlines the history of biblical exegesis.
PHI420Logic and Philosophy of Knowledge
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PHI333
This course initially outlines a perspective of language as an object of study that shows how much of the philosophy of the twentieth century developed as a "philosophy of language" (Analytic Philosophy). Secondly, it deals with the general theoretical framework of the argument as a discursive act, based on the theory of acts of language (speech acts), that the two philosophers Longshaw John Austin and, later, John Searle paved the way for. Thirdly, general issues related to logic are discussed, and are examined by the induction and deduction master concepts - truth and validity. A brief discussion is given on the methods and endorsements of formalization. The formal approach is exemplified, when it comes to conducting the analysis and evaluation of simple deductive arguments, called syllogism.
PHI301Medieval Philosophy
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PHI210
This course is designed to analyze the highlights of the thought of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas and Meister Eckhart. We seek, from the analysis of the Augustinian singular experience of truth, to understand in depth the issues relating to the problem of knowledge, the metaphysics of inner experience, the self­certainty based on the truth of God immanent in our interiority, temporality and eternity and the unitive and tripartite constitution of the same soul to the constitution of the Trinitarian life in God. We will study, starting from a critical reading of the writings of St. Thomas, the themes related to the receipt of Thomistic Aristotelian heritage, the question of creation and the evidence of the existence of God, the question of analogy and the problem of knowledge. A contemporary reading of the mystic Meister Eckhart, which largely contributed to the emergence of German philosophical speculation, will be analyzed as well. The research will, at this level, tackle Eckhart’s unitive structure of knowledge and life, that animates the vital relationship between God and man.
PHI445Metaphysics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PHI210
The purpose of this course is to present a reflection on metaphysics and its relation to primitive philosophy, which discusses, for example, "The science of Being as Being." It is divided into three areas. The first focuses on Aristotelian metaphysics. The second reflects upon the problems of the world, the soul and God, from the analysis of two antithetical philosophers, Leibniz and Spinoza. The third examines the different theories of the nineteenth and twentieth century, taking an in­depth look into the philosophies which were eager to put an end to metaphysics; the philosophies, which are attributed to Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Habermas.
PHI456Modern and Contemporary Arab Thought
3 credits
The course focuses on two distinct but complementary parts. The first socio­political and historical part is the source of modern Arab thought, born in the Ottoman Middle East, of language and Arab cultural heritage. At the origin of this modern thought, expressed in the Arabic language and in the service of the promotion of Arab society, are Lebanese Christians, mostly, and in particular, Syrian and Egyptian. New concepts circulate, such as “tolerance”, “freedom”, "equality", "brotherhood", "citizenship", etc., allowing the contribution of new transnationalistic, Arabic and nationalistic ideas, operating progressively in favor of the introduction of a democratic political regime that would terminate the dictatorship and the cult of "me" politically translated into a sultanate recognized as the shadow of God on earth. The second part focuses on the emergence of a political, socialist, communist, progressive, Baathist, Nasserist, democratic thought; work of the enlightened Christians and Muslims in the Arab world in search of a new national ideology, which tried to contribute to the emergence of a state concept, an identity that includes all the components of a national community and a political philosophy capable of challenging the rapid changes within the global plan. The aim of the course is to enable students to grasp the dimension of Arab thought outside the religious framework that limits the concept of state and denies democracy the right to be admitted.
PHI333Modern Philosophy
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PHI301 or PHI210
The students will be introduced to two great philosophical currents, both stemming from the works of Francis Bacon, rationalism (Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza) and empiricism (Locke, Condillac, Hume), leading to Kant’s philosophy of knowledge ­ critical rationalism.
PHI447Moral and Political Philosophy
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PHI210
The course aims to consider a reflection on the foundations and the meaning of democracy, in order to find the place of morality in politics; knowing that the two concepts "moral" and "politics" are written mostly in separation rather than in conjunction. This is how we can understand the great debates relative to moral and political philosophy, from the ancient Greeks ­ particularly those of Plato and Aristotle ­ until modern or contemporary times. Starting with an approach to these two concepts, the course is essentially questioning, on one hand, the need for the interaction of these two areas of morality and politics, and also that of their separation. Students will analyze in-depth the answer to these questions by drawing on texts of classical and modern philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt and Julien Freund, who have pondered this topical issue.
PHI327Philosophical Anthropology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PHI210
The question “What Is Man?” is at the heart of philosophical questioning. Starting from the anthropocentrism need of philosophy, the course firstly explores the meaning of the question about the essence of man through its history, the challenges imposed by the cyborg, the computational world or gender theory (Gehlen, Leach, Butler, Blumenberg, etc.). The course questions the difficulties of defining the human being through current changes by building on the thinkers of classical humanism and post­humanism. Secondly, the course presents the basic categories of philosophical anthropology and offers a thorough analysis of the being­in­relation (or the human being-in­relationships) and discussion of political, social and cultural implications, with reference to contemporary thinkers of otherness (Levinas, Buber, Marion, etc.).
PHI326Philosophy of Nature
3 credits
Among the Greeks, nature is physical, all of which appears; hence the problem of natural, supernatural and the supernatural. In Christian theology, nature is one; hence the problem of the two natures of Christ. In Latin, natura is "character", which poses the problem of nothing less than human nature. In medical sciences, nature bounds genetics. In law, it opposes the Civic. In literature, he opposes romanticism and classicism. Today, ecology seems to oppose nature and man; it is even about ''green policy'' as of 'ecological theology,' 'brief' 'ecological philosophy’.' Nature is everywhere, but is the concept of nature the same thing everywhere, in all areas? What is then "nature"? A kind or nature? And why is the definition a hermeneutical problem? That's what our course of Philosophy of Nature will try to address.
MTR222University Working Methodology
3 credits
This course will provide first year students with essential methods for the preparation of their work during the years of study at the University. These methods are common to all material and address different levels, ranging from exercises promoting correct educational attitudes in the introduction to the methods of work, the investigation of a text, and finally, to the mastery of speech essential to establish exchange with others, orally and in writing, and to assert with confidence and autonomy. In addition, the objectives of this course will address data essential for the design, drafting and the realization of research work.
Specialization
THEO271Ancient Church History
3 credits
The objective of this course is to initiate students in the reading and understanding of Christianity during its rise and its religious, social and doctrinal development in ancient times. First, students will study the encounter/conflict between Christianity and Judaism, then the encounter/conflict between Christianity and the pagan Roman society on the religious and social levels. Second, students will examine the history of ideas and dogmas between the third and fifth centuries. This will lead students to the development of bilateral relations between Empire/Church and Christianity of the East and that of the West. A special attention will be given in this course to the historical development of the Antiochian Church.
THEO241Basics of Sacramental Theology and Liturgy
3 credits
The sacraments cannot be understood or experienced unless they are based on a fundamental theological approach that highlights the sacramentality of the Church in relation to the salvation of Christ and the active role of the Holy Spirit. The objective of this course is to shed light on this approach and introduce students to the extensive and particular study of each sacrament.
THEO452Bioethics
2 credits
Human beings have gained more and more power over nature due to the development of science and technology. And thanks to advances in biology, they are seeking to control health, reproduction and genetics. Hence, the eternal question is: Is what is possible desirable? This biological-techno-scientific turmoil which underlies effective medicine meets another socio-cultural and ideological debate that has influenced the representations of life and death, health and sickness, care and preventive, and curative or palliative treatments. These changes have led to a huge social and intellectual phenomenon embodied with the emergence of the term bioethics in 1971.
The bioethics course covers three areas: reproductive technologies (artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, prenatal diagnosis, abortion, contraception, and genetic engineering); the application of techniques at the end of life (euthanasia, palliative care, and organ harvesting); and medical experimentation on the human body and cloning.
THEO481Canon Law: Marriage
3 credits
This course corresponds to the canons 667-775 about the sacraments, and 776-866 about marriage, of the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches.
The course will help students to differentiate between what is licit and valid and what is illicit and invalid in the different sacraments. Special attention is given to the sacrament of marriage, with explanation of the historical development of this sacrament, and the novelty of the CCEO in relation to previous legislation; the pastoral and theological range of the canons will also be highlighted.
The adopted methodology helps students familiarize themselves with the code read and interpreted in class and they will learn the legal terminology. It grants them the ease of dealing with marital conflicts and introduces them to the appropriate bodies at the social, pastoral, or legal levels.
THEO281Canon Law: Norms, Institutions and Persons
3 credits
After an introduction to the norms of Canon Law, the course deals with the two sections on institutions and people in the Church organization (c. 1-583).
In the first part corresponding to the canons 1-322, we will clarify the concept of "the Sui iuris Church" and how a faithful Christian becomes a member, and we will show the variety of Sui iuris Churches which form part of the Oriental Churches, as well as their structures and their managing authorities.
As for the "People", we will deal with three categories of Christian believers: the clerics (323-398 c.), the lay persons (399-409 c.), the monks and other religious persons (410-583 c.), in order to show the legal status of each of these three categories in addition to their rights and duties.
THEO431Christian Anthropology
3 credits
This course consists of three distinct parts, namely the treatise of creation, the treatise of original sin and the treatise of grace. It aims to explain the content of the Christian doctrine of creation of the human being in God's image, with different biblical positions in opposition to scientific theories of origins. Then, the course examines the doctrine of original sin and attempts to formulate the problem of evil by explaining the impact of sin on the situation of the human being. After a brief overview on the scriptural doctrine of the original sin, we cover the Augustinian doctrine of the original sin, by reviewing ecclesial decisions and scholastic theology. At the end of the course, we tackle the theme of grace in order to better grasp the significance of salvation that culminates in the incarnation of Christ and the meaning of the human being’s life as a creature totally open to Him, and this in communion with all creatures.
THEO232Christology
3 credits
Christology is the core and foundation of the Christian dogma. It presents, develops and explains the fundamental profession of Christian faith: "Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior." It is the principle of the whole Christian theology, and the short word of faith.
THEO231Ecclesiology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: THEO 220
This course is an introduction to Catholic ecclesiology found in the documents of the Second Vatican Council, particularly in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, its ultimate expression and the fundamental source of renewing the concept of Church in fidelity to the Bible and to Tradition.
THEO221Ecumenism
2 credits
This course meets the recommendation of the Second Vatican Council to give future pastors of the Church, and also all believers, an ecumenical education which aims to strive for the construction of one Church of Christ in the world. This education is especially important in the life of our Oriental Churches that live beside one another.
After presenting the unity challenge and the divisions danger, especially the roots of certain doctrinal issues, their branching and development throughout history, the course explores the situations of today’s Churches and Christian communities, explains the foundations of ecumenical behavior, and determines ways that contribute to the reestablishment of Christian unity. The course outlines clearly the history of the ecumenical movement which emerged in the early twentieth century and which had deeply influenced the life of various Churches, by stimulating the desire for visible unity and communion among all Christians.
THEO432Eschatology
2 credits
In the Nicene symbol, the "resurrection of the flesh" and "eternal life" are the last explicitation of faith in the Holy Spirit. Life under the Holy Spirit possesses a dynamism that tends to a future fulfillment, during which it will reach its entire fullness. The course is divided into two stages: first, we will study the general, collective and universal eschatology, that is to say, the completion of the world, and then move to the individual eschatology or the fulfillment of the individual. This order responds better to the account of the biblical history of salvation, and clarifies at the same time an intrinsic logic: hope for the individual is placed in a broader horizon, that of hope for the world
THEO451Family Ethics, Sexuality and Marriage
3 credits
Based on a Christian anthropology, marriage and sexuality involve human and spiritual attitudes, which, along with the physical and corporal activities related to it, engage the whole human person. The history of salvation progressively reveals the ultimate and deep meaning of sexuality and marriage, namely the love that is rooted in God's love. However, conjugal sexuality requires an awareness of the inevitable link between its many dimensions: physical, psychological, social, cultural and religious. Through their union, morality and Christian faith have values that grant dignity to human sexuality.
On the other hand, forms of cohabitation and marriage, influenced by gender theories, as the PACS, cohabitation, marriage for all, are on the rise in several societies, threatening therefore the "traditional" image of marriage and family. It is urgent and useful to rediscover the principles and values of the Catholic Church teachings on the sacrament of marriage and the family in order to meet the challenges that these forms cause to its pastoral care of the family.
THEO251Fundamental Moral Theology
3 credits
This Fundamental Moral Theology course deals with the Christian action in a rational process, while relying on the Holy Scripture, and placing Tradition, Magisterium and human sciences within a contemporary situation scenario.
The course will particularly address: Biblical perspectives of moral theology, its creative evolution and fundamental principles, such as freedom, responsibility, will, the good and the bad in the act, conscience, law, sin, conversion, salvation and revelation, theological and human virtues, bliss as the end of all Christian actions.
Following a careful reading of the Veritatis Splendor encyclical and the document of the International Theological Commission on the natural law, we will present some new perspectives for moral thoughts, illustrated and enlightened by two concrete examples.
THEO421Islam
3 credits
This course is an introduction to Islam, as both a religion and a tradition consisting of various schools of thought. After examining the origin of Islam and the history and themes of the Quran, it approaches the major doctrinal and philosophical patterns of the different branches of Islam and their practices. Students are encouraged to engage in a dialogue with Muslims who constitute the major religion in the region.
THEO312Johannine Corpus
3 credits
This is an introduction to the Johannine corpus, with particular emphasis on the fourth Gospel. The course will focus on the texts themselves, and on the different environments of their composition. In order to approach these testimonies of faith, passages under study are resituated in the historical context of their development and analyzed using narrative and rhetorical strategies used by the authors of communal and personal literary books.
THEO371Medieval Church History
3 credits
The Middle Ages is positioned between Antiquity and Modern Times and lasts for almost a thousand years. It covers three major eras of civilization: Byzantium, the Occident and the Arab and Muslim World. Every civilization tries to forge the causes of its livelihood and life and interact with each other in different ways; sometimes by the development of trade and intellectual exchange, sometimes by the constraints of violence and war. The Church strives for this long period of being the vector of union, peace and intellectual and spiritual development. The course is assigned to teach students about the structures of permanence and change beyond the contingencies of turmoil.
THEO441Orders and Healing Sacraments
3 credits
This course aims to help students discover the theological foundations of ministries and the sacraments of healing, penance and anointing of the sick.
The question of ministries is a particularly important chapter of ecclesiology, simply because the departments are above all in the service of the Church. This issue entails multiple dimensions: historical, sociological, theological, canonic, pastoral, and ecumenical, and it is conditioned by the realities of church life and, consequently, subject to constant evolution.
THEO361Pastoral and Practical Theology
3 credits
This course is an introduction to pastoral and practical theology. If theology was the Christian faith in search of its intelligence, the theological disciplines that offer theology students the keys to the broad “Science of God” and to its salvation in the world would be numerous and various. Practical (and pastoral) theology is one of these disciplines, but with the distinction of being more oriented towards the Christian praxis which brings together the different aspects of the Christian faith and its various transmissions in communities, parishes, groups, catechesis or others. The Christian experience is understood at this point as a “response” to the Word of God received by Revelation and “recovered” in the Tradition. This experience is “imposed” in practical (and pastoral) theology in a theological place where intelligence of the Christian faith occurs.
This discipline, as entitled in this course (pastoral and practical), covers two levels of thinking and research; the first “empirical” and the second “applied”. The empirical level is that of practical theology which proceeds to an analytical reading of how faith is experienced among the People of God (theology of practice). The “applied” level is that of the pastoral theology which seeks to find the best way to convey and accompany faith among the People of God. In their quests of meaning, both types of theology, pastoral and practical, refer to theological knowledge conferred by all other theological disciplines, as well as to many other disciplines related to human sciences and others.
THEO272Patrology
3 credits
This course aims to introduce students to the theology of the Church Fathers, as a living and unique testimony of the life of the Church during this period of the expression of faith, i.e. the period of the main ecumenical councils (1st - 8th century).
First, the course will outline the socio-cultural, theological and ecclesial backgrounds of the Fathers, then the biographical traits of their lives and the list of their works. Finally, the major axes of the theological thought of the Fathers will be identified based on the analysis of some representative texts.
We will conclude by showing the role and the importance of Fathers in the life of the ancient and contemporary Church.
THEO411Pauline Corpus
3 credits
The course mainly focuses on the thirteen epistles which are part of the Pauline school. It covers the epistles ranging from the Romans to Philemon, as ranked by our Bibles.
Before studying the epistles themselves, we start with two preliminary parts. The first part studies the life of the Saint Paul according to the Acts and to the epistles; the second part presents the epistolary genre, the categories of epistles and some hints for a better understanding of the studied epistles.
THEO211Pentateuch and Historical Books
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: THEO 201 - THEO 210
This is the first course on the Old Testament. It aims to introduce students to the biblical exegesis and allows them to be well-informed about this biblical corpus, its books, its characters and its theology.
After a brief introduction on the importance of the Pentateuch in the Old Testament, the course highlights a detailed reading of a number of texts covering different literary genres and theological currents of this corpus. This will lead to the understanding of the biblical concept of "history" and its theological meaning, as well as its key issues such as land, election, royalty, politics, and exile.
THEO412Psalms and Wisdom Scriptures
3 credits
The wisdom books are an assortment of the Old Testament books seeking to convey a moral teaching. This set includes the Psalms, Book of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Wisdom.
Given its complexity, biblical wisdom requires a global approach to its various aspects, before covering in detail its modes of expression and its themes. This course will enable students to become more familiar with the Psalms and the other various wisdom books, in order to better grasp the development of wisdom harvested throughout the journey of the Israelites and which remains valid to this day, and to better understand the New Testament.
The course will shed light on the fundamental biblical themes found in the Psalms such promise, marriage, descent, land, blessing, royalty, messianism, worship, and fidelity.
The Wisdom literature will be studied; some books almost completely, others partially. An overview of each book will be given.
THEO335Research Seminar: Dogmatic, Patristic and Sacramental Theology
2 credits
Research seminars are designed to initiate students in dogmatic theology by examining the right methodological approaches while focusing on a book, author or theme. During the weekly meetings in small groups, participants in seminars are invited to engage in discussion by revealing their thoughts and projects on a chosen theme, before producing a research paper.
THEO215Research Seminar: Holy Scriptures
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: THEO 201 - THEO 202- THEO 210
Research seminars are designed to initiate students in doing biblical theology by examining the right methodological approaches while focusing on a biblical book or biblical theme. During the weekly meetings in small groups, participants in the seminar are invited to engage in discussion by revealing their thoughts and projects on a chosen theme, before producing a research paper.
THEO455Research Seminar: Moral and Pastoral Theology
2 credits
Research seminars are designed to initiate students in moral and/or pastoral theology by examining the right methodological approaches while focusing on a book, author or theme. During the weekly meetings in small groups, participants in seminars are invited to engage in discussion by revealing their thoughts and projects on a chosen theme, before producing a research paper.
THEO341Sacraments of Christian Initiation
3 credits
The course aims to highlight the theological foundations of the Sacraments of Initiation: baptism which gives access to the Body of Christ and the divine adoption, completed by the confirmation that is the work of the Holy Spirit living in the heart of the believers as in a temple, and crowned by the Eucharist which is the real and historical incorporation into the ecclesial body of Christ. The course is largely based on the baptism catechesis of Cyril of Jerusalem, Theodore of Mopsuestia and John Chrysostom, and shows the evolution of sacramental doctrine of the Church with special emphasis on the teaching of the Council of Trent.
THEO212Synoptics and Acts of the Apostles
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: THEO 201 - THEO 210
The synoptic writings are introduced in this course, namely: the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, in addition to the Acts of the Apostles which is the second volume of the Lucan work.
The course starts with an introduction on the "synoptic question" and the adoption of the modified theory of the two documents, followed by the study of each of these writings and their most important themes.
The approach is synchronic. The method adopted is criticism of the composition which is a specification of the writing criticism which reviews the editorial activity of the author in order to discover the theological thought.
THEO331The Holy Trinity
3 credits
This course deals with the mystery of Trinity which is at the heart of the Christian faith, the core of the Gospel and the Christian mark of discourse about God. It starts with an introduction designed to show the place of Trinitarian theology in the whole Christian dogma, and consists of four parts, biblical, historical, systematic and patristic, in order to rejoin in their own site in the ever-actual “places” of any Trinitarian theology.
THEO311The Prophets
3 credits
The course aims to study the prophets’ school of thought, their writings, their role in the history of salvation and the major themes of their preaching. This course is based on a text analysis with all the available exegetical techniques. However, these writings are sacred and revealed texts, containing a theology and a religious message that are valid for every believer. It is therefore necessary to grasp their theological meaning and discover their relevance in our life today.
THEO321Theology of Religions
3 credits
The course presents the Christian theology of religions within a perspective of fundamental theology in dialogue with other theological disciplines (anthropological, Christological, Trinitarian, ecclesiological and practical). Teaching focuses on the development of theology from the Second Vatican Council and aims to introduce students to the extensive reading of the relevant main texts of the Magisterium.
THEO352Theology of Spirituality and Oriental Mystic
3 credits
The dwelling of God in the human being and participation in the Trinitarian life are at the heart of the Christian faith. This course aims to deepen the scope of this statement in the light of biblical and spiritual tradition, by highlighting the essential dimensions of the Christian spiritual life: experimental (experience of God, marriage), Trinitarian (divine filiation, God’s will, the paschal mystery, christocentricity, living in the Holy Spirit, gifts, charisma), ecclesial, liturgical (prayers), dynamic (path towards the union with God, stages of spiritual growth) and by presenting some great schools of Christian spiritualities and important figures who marked the history of Christian spirituality.
Capstone
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