From Theodicy to Theology; from a Catechetical to a Scientific level, getting acquainted with the basic vocabulary and tools of the “sacra scientia”.
Introduction to Theology From Biblical revelation, to Christian experience (believing, celebrating, living), to theology – The sources of theology – Subject and formal object – Relations between faith and reason – An ecclesial vocation: theologians and the Magisterium – Theology as science – Methods in theology. Learning Outcomes: The students will be able to pass from Theodicy to Theology; from an ecclesial experience and catechetical doctrine to a scientific reflection. They will become acquainted with both the basic tools of the “sacra scientia” and the specific procedures of theological method. Foundations of Catholic Theology: Part One: Historical-positive documentation: 1. The Biblical evidence: history, contents and institutions of the divine revelation in the Old and New Testament. Man’s response: faith in the Old and New Testament. 2. The Patristic period: Eastern and Western Fathers of the Church on revelation and faith. 3. The Scholastic period: Bonaventure, Thomas, Duns Scot. 4. Doctrines of the Catholic Magisterium in context: Humanism, Protestant Reformation and Council of Trent; Rationalism, Fideism and Vatican I; the crisis of Modernism; from Vatican II to Benedict XVI. Part Two: Systematic: 1. From Apologetics to Foundational Theology: “to give reason of the Christian Hope”. 2. Predestination of all human creatures in Christ: being, knowing, acting. 3. Objectivity of the Christian Way: a critical examination of the NT sources: Jesus of history and Christ of faith. 4. Credibility and coherence of the Christian message: Jesus as Mystery, Word, Sign. Learning Outcomes: The students will be equipped with a foundational Christology and Ecclesiology. They will become competent to critically present the reasons of our Christian faith-life, both from the objective/historical point of view and vis-a-vis today’s subjective/rational challenges of credibility/practicability.
Introduction to Theology Textbook: Handouts of the Lecturer. CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH, Instruction on the ecclesial vocation of the theologian (Vatican City, Lev 1990); DULLES A., The Craft of Theology: From Symbol to System (New York, Crossroads 1995); FISHER K.-HART T., Christian Foundation: An Introduction to faith in our time (Mahwah, Paulist Press 1995); JOHN-PAUL II, Fides et Ratio (Vatican City, Lev 1998); LATOURELLE R., Theology, science of salvation (New York, St Paul 1969); LENNAN R., Introduction to Catholic Theology (New York, Paulist Press 1998); LONERGAN B., Method in Theology (Toronto, Utp 1990); LOUTH A., Discerning the Mystery. An Essay on the nature of Theology (Oxford, Clarendon Press 1983, reprint 2003); MCGRATH A., The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans 2004); MIGLIORE D., Faith seeking understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans 2004); NICHOLS A., The Shape of Catholic Theology (Edinburgh, T&T Clark 2000); O’COLLINS G.-KENDALL D. (eds.), The Bible for Theology: Ten Principles for the Theological use of Scripture (New York, Paulist Press 1997); RATZINGER J., The Nature and Mission of Theology (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 1995); SOKOLOWSKI R., The God of Faith and Reason: Foundation of Christian Theology (Washington, Cua 1995); SULLIVAN F., Creative Fidelity: Weighing and Interpreting Documents of the Magisterium (Dublin, Gill and MacMillan 1996); SULLIVAN F., Magisterium: Teaching Authority in the Catholic Church (Eugene, Wipf and Stock 2002). Foundations of Catholic Theology: Textbook: Handouts of the Lecturer. BENEDICT XVI, Spe salvi (Vatican City, Lev 2007); CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH, Dominus Iesus (Vatican City, Lev 2000); DAVIS S.T., Christian Philosophical Theology (Oxford, Oup 2006); DAWES G.W., The Historical Jesus Question. The Challenge of History to Religious Authority (Louisville-London-Leiden, Westminster J. Knox Press 2001); DENZINGER H.-HÜNERMANN P., Enchiridion Symbolorum. A Compendium of Creeds, Definitions and Declarations of the Catholic Church [Latin & English text] (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 2012); DULLES A., The Assurance of Things hoped for (Oxford, Oup 1996); DULLES A., A History of Apologetics (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 32005); FLANNERY, A., The Basic 16 Documents of Vatican Council II (New York, St Paul 1980); KITTEL G.-FRIEDRICH G.-BROMILEY G.W. (eds.), Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in one volume (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans 2006); MACQUARRIE J., Principles of Christian Theology (London, Scm, new impr. 2003); MCGRATH A.E., Christian Theology. An Introduction (Oxford, Oup 32001); MCINERNY R., Praeambula Fidei. Thomism and the God of the Philosophers (Washington, Cua 2007); NODET E.-TAYLOR J., Essai sur les origines du Christianisme. Une secte éclatée (Paris Cerf 1998); Eng. The origins of Christianity. An exploration (Collegeville, M.Glazier Liturgical Press 1998); O’COLLINS G., Rethinking Fundamental Theology (Oxford, Oup 2011); PENNA R., L’ambiente storico-culturale delle origini cristiane. Una documentazione ragionata (Bologna, Dehoniane 2012); PENNA R., La fede cristiana alle sue origini (Cinisello, San Paolo 2013); PENNA R., Gesù di Nazaret nelle culture del suo tempo (Bologna, Dehoniane 2013); RAHNER K., Foundations of Christian Faith: an Introduction to the idea of Christianity (New York, Seabury Press 1978); RATZINGER J., Principles of Catholic Theology. Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 21989); THEISSEN G.-MERZ A., The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide (Philadelphia, Augsburg Fortress Pub. 1998); THEISSEN G.-WINTER D., The Quest for the Plausible Jesus: the Question of Criteria (Louisville, Westminster John Knox 2002); WRIGHT N.T., Christian Origins and the question of God, vol. 1: The New Testament and the people of God (London, Spck 21999).