Course Descriptions

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Fall 2017 Certificate Course Descriptions

Byzantine Christian Catechesis and Christ Our Pascha: a study of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Catechism (Fr. Dcn. Daniel Dozier)

This post-baccalaureate course explores the three main pillars of Byzantine Christian catechesis – the Faith of the Church, the Worship of the Church, and the Life of the Church –  as presented in Christ Our Pascha, the Catechism of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Students will also explore the ministry of catechesis and evangelization in support of the Church’s mission to transmit the Gospel and make disciples of all nations.

Evil and Exorcism Rites in the Byzantine Tradition (Fr. Stelyios Muksuris, PhD)

This course will study the concept of evil from the perspective of both an ontological force (demonology) and the voluntary rejection of good (man’s absence from God), as well as God’s “absence” from man. The understanding of the frenzied and absurd nature of evil from various ideologies and religions will then be explored, with particular emphasis on the Judaeo-Christian Tradition. Following a historical survey of how ancient indigenous cultures throughout the world dealt with the problem of evil and evil spirits (magic, witchcraft, and other rituals), attention will be given to the Eastern Church’s practice of baptismal exorcisms and their theological significance vis-à-vis Christian salvation. Exorcism prayers from the sacrament of baptism will then be examined, in addition to isolated prayers of exorcism performed in individual cases of adults. Finally, the course will briefly look at the person of the exorcist in both the Eastern and Western Christian Tradition, as well as survey cases of actual exorcisms performed in East and West through the Middle Ages to modern times, highlighting the meaning and ramifications of such an activity within the Christian life and our postmodern world.

 

Fall 2017 Credit Course Descriptions

SPIRITUALITY 101/102: FOUNDATIONS OF SPIRITUALITY (Holet)

This two semester course studies the universal aspects of spirituality and mysticism, distinguishing it from the forms held by other world religions and divergent popular notions. The Christian masters East and West will direct this exploration and demonstrate the process of leading a Godly life in union with the Eternal Word. 2 hours; 2 semesters

SACRED SCRIPTURE 100: INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE (Collins)

This course provides a theological and methodological foundation in Sacred Scripture for students beginning graduate studies in theology but also background and skills required to read, interpret, discuss and critically assess Bible passages in a manner appropriate to intelligent people of faith. The course is intended to provide a solid scriptural foundation for later theology studies. 3 hours; 1 semester

PHILOSOPHY 101/102: SOURCES FROM ANTIQUITY (Washut)

This two semester course introduces the two minds that shaped Western Civilization, Plato and Aristotle and how their thought was taken up by the Church Fathers in theological development. Course will examine philosophical cosmology, ontology, epistemology and ethics that become Trinitarian Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Spirituality, Morality, and Canon Law. 2 hours; 2 semesters

LITURGICAL THEOLOGY 100: INTRODUCTION TO LITURGY/SACRAMENTS (Petras)

This course presents a historical, theological, and methodological introduction to the study of the Byzantine Christian Liturgy and Sacraments of the Church. The course will examine such themes as the nature of liturgical theology, mystagogy, liturgical prayer, styles and reform as well as the history and theology of the seven sacraments, sacramental symbolism and the understanding of sacraments as mysteries expressing the central Mystery of Christ. 3 hours; 1 semester

PASTORAL THEOLOGY 104: INTRODUCTION TO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (Nester)

This introductory course is a practical introduction to religious education focusing on ministries of learning and teaching in Catholic communities. It will explore the dynamics of individual and communal faith formation in diverse contexts, drawing on a range of perspectives from theology and the philosophy of education. Students will analyze the education offerings of religious communities, evaluate educational resources, practice effective teaching approaches, and design educational strategies appropriate to the Catholic faith. 2 hours; 1 semester

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