ST 120 Theological Anthropology

Module Level

8

Time Allowance

Lectures: 24 hours Tutorials: 3 hours Assignment: 12 hours Private study: 40 hours

Assessment

Continuous assessment: 15% Essay: 25% End of semester examination: 60%

Module Aims

To develop an integrated understanding of the Christian themes of Creation and the Fall, grace and eschatology including:

  • How God is at work in the universe.
  • Exploring the God-creation relationship.
  • Tracing the understanding of creation and grace through Scripture, Tradition and in contemporary theologians.
  • Examining the contemporary relevance of the concepts of Original Sin and the final recapitulation of Creation in Christ at the end of time.

Indicative Syllabus:

  • Biblical understanding of creation.
  • Theology of Creation in Dialogue with Science.
  • Theology of the Fall and Original Sin.
  • Understanding Grace as Relationship in Augustine and Aquinas.
  • Reformation Controversies and the Council of Trent.
  • Eschatology and the Last Things.
  • Vatican II and the Renewal of Theology.
  • Contemporary challenges to Theological Anthropology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to show how a theology of Christian Anthropology leads to an integrated vision of the Christian life.
  • Understand how the relation between religion and science can be complementary rather than oppositional
  • Be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in the traditional Christian concept of the human person and the innate dignity of every human person.

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