GRADUATE LEVEL

First year courses: STD 400, STD 450 are indicated with an asterisk (*).
 

Note: Newman Theological College courses are offered on a two year rotation. This means that not all courses outlined below are offered in each semester of each year. For further details of the specific course offerings for the academic year 2012/13. These Course Offerings sheets are also available for pick up in the foyer of Student Services on campus.

Online graduate courses are offered occasionally when the need presents. The M.Div., M.T.S. and M.Th. programs are not designed to be taken as Distance Education programs.

 

CORE COURSES

STD 400*  INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY

3 credits

The nature of theology. The relationship between theology and the following: revelation (Scripture and Tradition), spirituality and liturgy, philosophy and the human sciences. Faith and reason. The high points of theology throughout the history of the Church.  The importance of theology for the Church. Theology and the teaching office of the Church. Theology and Church before and after Vatican II.  Writing skills in theology.
 

STD 401  THE THEOLOGY OF REVELATION

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

The modern problem of the compatibility between an authoritative divine revelation and human knowledge, freedom and experience. The development of a “theology of revelation” from Vatican I to Vatican II. Revelation and the Enlightenment. Dei Verbum. Jesus Christ as the revelation of God and humanity. Pluralism and the unity and universality of the Christ event. The Church's teaching on revelation and faith. The Christian act of faith. The question of truth and of on-going revelation.
 

STD 440  LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

The biblical origins of the Christian Liturgy.  The development of distinct rites in the Eastern and Western Church with a special attention to the ongoing development of the Roman Rite. The theology of Liturgy as a work of the Trinity, an Action of Christ and the Church. The sanctification of the Year and the Day through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. The liturgical movement prior to and following the Second Vatican Council. Cultural, pastoral, and ecumenical considerations.
 

STD 442   INTRODUCTION TO THE SACRAMENTS AND CHRISTIAN INITIATION

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

A historical, scriptural and theological study of the Church’s developing understanding of the notion of Sacrament through five main periods: New Testament, Patristic, Scholastic, Modern, and Contemporary.  A close study of the theology of Baptism and Confirmation as Sacraments of Initiation with their goal in the Eucharist. Liturgical renewal and the R.C.I.A. process. Cultural, pastoral, and ecumenical considerations. 
 

STD 450*  CHRISTOLOGY           

3 Credits

The contemporary problematic in Christology. The claims and challenges posed by Jesus in his preaching and life. His rejection, death and resurrection. Jesus Christ as divine and human. Traditional and contemporary Christologies.
 

STD 451  THEOLOGY OF GOD      

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

Aspects of the problem of God in the modern era. Preparations for belief in the Trinity in the history of Israel. The Christ event and the Trinity. The Trinity and the early Church Councils. “Explanations” of the Trinity - old and new. Special questions regarding the Trinity (the Trinity and the immutability of God, creation, modern science, evil, gender, Christian worship and spirituality). Pneumatology.
 

STD 452  THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

The Christian understanding of evolution and of the human person. The origin, the structure and the condition of the person in the world; the relationship of the person to God, to others and to the environment. Sin and the origin of evil. The role of grace and love. The relationship between infinite and finite freedom. Hope and the final end of the person.
 

STD 453  ECCLESIOLOGY  

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

The Church before and after Vatican II. The vision of the Church underlying the basic biblical images (People of God, Body of Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit). The Church as constituted by the Word of God. The Church as constituted by the Word made flesh. The Church and holiness (including Mariology). The Church as one and apostolic. The Church and the world.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

STD 543 THE HOLY EUCHARIST

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400, STD 442, and STD 450)

A historical, scriptural, theological and liturgical study of the Eucharist, examining the development of the Church’s understanding of this Sacrament and its relation to the Pascal Mystery through five main periods: New Testament, Patristic, Scholastic, Modern and Contemporary. It reviews the emergence of the Eastern and Western rites, with special attention to the Roman Rite, examining the structure of the Eucharistic prayer and its theological underpinnings.

 

STD 545  RECONCILIATION & THE PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK & DYING

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

Sin and conversion, sickness and healing in Scripture. The historical and doctrinal development of these sacraments within the Christian tradition. The liturgical celebration of these sacraments and the Order of Christian Funerals, together with pastoral and ecumenical considerations.
 

STD 550  THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST    

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

The background to the resurrection in the Hebrew Scriptures and Intertestamental literature. The preaching of the resurrection-exaltation in the New Testament. The tomb appearance narratives. The relationship between the cross-resurrection and Trinity, the Church and Mary. The credibility of the Resurrection.
 

STD 555  CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CHRISTOLOGY &  IN THEOLOGY OF GOD  

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

The Christologies of some of the major theologians: Barth, Bultmann, Pannenberg, Moltmann, Schillebeeckx, liberation theologians, Rahner, von Balthasar. Specific issues in relation to God: atheism, secularization, gender in God, the suffering of God.
 

STD 557  ECUMENISM

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

History of the ecumenical movement. Ecumenical dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Eastern, Anglican and Protestant Churches. Ecumenical activities and dialogues in Canada. Models of Christian unity. Liturgical convergence. Christian-Jewish relations.
 

STD 558  SELECTED TOPICS

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

Varied course description.
 

STD 560  KEY THEOLOGIANS: HANS URS VON  BALTHASAR   

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

Central themes in his theology and spirituality. Influences on his thought.

STD 561  KEY THEOLOGIANS: KARL RAHNER    

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

Central themes in his theology and spirituality. Influences on his thought.
 

STD 660  THE CHRISTOLOGY OF THE SAINTS

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

An in-depth study of the Christology found in the writings of the following Western Saints: Irenaeus, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Ignatius of Loyola, and Therese of Lisieux.
 

STD 800  SELECTED RESEARCH TOPICS IN  SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY   

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: STD 400 and STD 450)

Study of a particular area in Systematic Theology.
Varied course description.