PG 522 Virtue, Spirituality & Discipleship

Module Level

9/10 MTh/PhD/STL Seminar Course Year A

Time Allowance

Second Semester Ten Two Hour Sessions

Assessment

Assessment for this module is twofold. Continuous: 2,000 word paper based on presentation of selected article(s) in class (25%); Final: 5,000 word essay from a range of titles (75%)

Module Aims

This module will explore the contemporary connection(s) of morality and spirituality in moral theology. Intended as a corrective for the past separation of morality and spirituality in the Christian life and moral theology, this will examine and evaluate ecumenical expressions of the drive to goodness (virtue) and the draw to holiness (spirituality) as these dovetail in the delineation and demands of discipleship.


Timetable: Semester 2 - Monday 14:00 - 16:00

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflection on the recovery of the relationship between morality and spirituality post-Vatican II
  • Consideration of the connection of Moral/Theological Virtues
  • Reflection on the role of Spirituality in Moral Theology
  • Appreciation of the personal and social dimensions of discipleship
  • Reading of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation On the Call to Holiness in Today's World (2018)

Bibliography

  • Charles E. Curran and Lisa A. Fullam, eds. Virtue (Readings in Moral Theology 16). New York: Paulist Press, 2011
  • Charles E. Curran and Lisa A. Fullam, eds. Ethics and Spirituality (Readings in Moral Theology 17). New York: Paulist Press, 2014.
  • Philip F. Sheldrake. Explorations in Spirituality – History, Theology, and Social Practice. New York: Paulist Press, 2010.

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