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  • *** Fall Registration Underway ***
    Registration is currently underway for fall classes. To register, please download the course registration form and return to Kim Schulman. Please contact Kim Schulman with questions. The following courses will be offered: THEO 500 Philosophy for Theology  Offered Tuesdays from 4:20 - 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. It is essential for the theologian to have an in-depth familiarity with the history and development of Western philosophy, both with respect to how it has been appropriated by sacred theology in the past and in the formulation of theological doctrines, and also with respect to how it has contributed to the formation of modern secular society. This course provides an introductory outline of the history of Western philosophy (examining the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary eras) as well as of the major topics of philosophical inquiry (ontology, nature, epistemology, ethics). Emphasis will be given to the enduring value of the Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophical tradition and its historical importance for Catholic sacred theology. Open to auditors. (3.0 credit hours) THEO 510 Scripture  Offered Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This course introduces students to the foundations of the Catholic understanding of Sacred Scripture, Divine Revelation and the soul of sacred theology. It considers questions of scriptural authorship, inspiration and inerrancy, as well as the relationship between the Divine and human authors, and the reception and transmission of the Bible in the Church. It will consider the relationship between the Old and New Testaments within God’s plan of salvation. It will also provide an introduction to methods of scriptural interpretation, including the four senses of Scripture and the historical critical methods, considering questions of literary genres and textual traditions. Sources include scripture itself, as well as magisterial and patristic documents, particularly the Constitution Dei Verbum of the Second Vatican Council. Open to auditors. (3.0 credit hours) THEO 560 Theological Anthropology  Date and Time TBD This course examines the Catholic doctrine of the human person in his or her relation to God, to nature, and to others. The doctrine of creation discussed in THEO 550 is revisited, but with particular emphasis given to understanding the biblical affirmation of the human person created as imago Dei, “image of God.” Such leads to unique theological considerations of the human body, human genders, human dignity, human culture, and human history as guided by Divine Providence. The course will also treat the revealed doctrine of original sin and the fall of humanity, as well as the redemptive grace of Christ as restoring and elevating fallen human nature. Relevant texts from the Patristic, medieval, modern, and contemporary eras will be examined. Open to Auditors. (3.0 credit hours) THEO 625 Women Doctors   Offered Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. There are currently 36 Doctors recognized by the Catholic Church. These are men and women who are known not only for their great holiness but also for their theological teaching and spiritual expressions.  Of these thirty-six, only four have been women: St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1592),  and St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897). Pope St. John Paul II encouraged the Church to explore the feminine genius, which is manifest not only in the famous women of the past, but in ordinary women as well. This course will explore the feminine genius in these four extraordinary doctors.  By direct engagement with their writings, we will explore the theological and spiritual contributions of these women, both from a historical and a systematic viewpoint.  We will pay particular attention to the influence their own particular femininity had on their writings and sanctified lives and relate that to the ordinary situation in which women find themselves today. Open to auditors. (1.5 credit hours)   Read More »
  • HSP Offers New Degree Program in Fall 2016
    Holy Spirit College is pleased to announce a new degree program: the Master of Religious Education (MRE) program. The MRE program is aimed toward preparing degree candidates to assume roles of ministerial leadership in the professional specialization of religious education. By working toward fulfillment of the degree requirements, students will acquire knowledge and skills needed to fulfill the task of the religious educator with great competence both in the parish and school settings. Holy Spirit’s MRE program involves the study of both Catholic sacred theology and of the principles, methods, and procedures unique to the task of the professional religious educator. The theology coursework enables MRE students to investigate the religious heritage of the Catholic tradition, while the practicum component serves to exemplify how religious educators mediate this tradition within particular contexts. Courses are taught by clergy and lay professors who will instill a firm theological foundation, impart professional skills, and assist in the personal and spiritual growth of their students. Now enrolling for Fall 2016. Please click here for more information or contact Dr. Matthew McWhorter.  Read More »
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