General Objective: To gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a human being, in light of each one own and all of humanity’s relation to God. This will include each one own and God’s relation to the whole cosmos and, in particular, to the world in which we live.
Course Outlines: 1. The creation of man and the universe: creatio ex nihilo; sexual differentiation; original justice, the fall and humanity’s ongoing history. 2. Theology and anthropology of Genesis 1 and 2 and other biblical texts: Man in relation to the cosmos, the animals, the angels and God; man as a relational, interpersonal being, whose ‘pre-destiny’ is Christ. 3. Man the image of God (in Scripture and in Augustine), and Christ the centre of all. 4. The theology of original sin in relation to the theology of creation; creation-centred and redemptioncentred views of the incarnation (Aquinas, Scotus et al.). 5. Creation and evolution, Christian anthropology and modern science. 6. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.”
Textbook: Haffner, Paul. 2010. Mystery of Creation. 2nd Rev. Edition. Leominster: Gracewing. Bibliography: Haught, John. 2001. Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution. Mahwah: Paulist Press; Hayes, Zachary. 2001. The Gift of Being: A Theology of Creation. Collegeville: Michael Glazier; John Paul II. 2006. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Translation, Introduction and Index by M. Waldstein. Boston: Pauline Books and Media; Ratzinger, Joseph. 1995. “In the Beginning”… Catholic Understanding of Creation and the Fall. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans; Sachs, John. 1991. The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology. Collegeville: Michael Glazier; Schönborn, Christoph. 2007. Chance or Purpose? Creation, Evolution and a Rational Faith. San Francisco: Ignatius Press; Vatican Council II. 1965. Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Vatican City: LEV; West, Christopher. 2003. Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II’s ‘Gospel of the Body’. Leominster: Gracewing; Wiley, Tatha. 2002. Original Sin: Origins, Developments and Contemporary Meaning. Mahwah: Paulist Press.