The Theology course descriptions are below.
First, enjoy a video interview of Mr. Berns discussing the theology sequence at The Collegium:
Scripture: Salvation History
Provides an understanding of God's comprehensive plan for the salvation of mankind as the revelation of that plan unfolds in human time and through God ordained events from Genesis to the establish of the Church. Students will study twelve periods of Bible history, touching on the major Biblical and historical events of each period with references to the corresponding Biblical passages.
Fathers of the Church (3 credits)
This course builds from the previous Scripture courses and examines the transmission of the Catholic faith from Apostolic times through the Patristic Period (roughly ending with Augustine). The course discovers how the early Greek and Latin speaking Fathers interpreted the Scriptures and how they used the tradition which was handed on to them from the Apostles to establish norms of the Catholic Faith against early heresies.
Catholic Doctrine (3 credits)
Building upon the scriptural foundation and development of the Church Fathers of the previous courses, this course is an introduction to dogmatic Catholic theology. The course will show the Scriptural roots of Catholic teachings before examining the Magisterial declarations of the Church. Particular attention will be given to natural and divine revelation, the modes of transmission of divine revelation, the essential doctrines of the faith, the moral life, and the sacraments.
Theological Science I:
Summa Theologiae (3 credits)
Building on the study of Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics in TRV 102 and the introduction to dogmatic theology in THL 301, this course represents a capstone in the undergraduate’s study of theology. By looking at Sacred Doctrine through the lens of a science, the structure of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa is opened up to the student and its method and mode of procedure become clear. Seeing the scientific structure of theology allows the student to appreciate the true depth of Catholic theology and how all of the Church’s teaching follow from the principles of Sacred Scripture. Prerequisite: Senior Standing or permission.
Scripture: Revelation, Faith, &
Reason (3 credits)
Examines Scripture as a source of Divine revelation, in addition to the relationship between the intrinsic relationship between revelation, faith, and reason. Topics will include Catholic teaching on faith and reason, reason and revelation, reason and faith, the acceptance of revelation by faith, and sources of revelation outside of Scripture and their relationship to Scripture
THL 202 – Aquinas: Creation & Providence (3 credits)
Studies creation as a function of Divine providence, with particular emphasis on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Topics will include St. Thomas’ understanding of nature, the doctrine of man as the image of God, Divine agency and the autonomy of nature, creation and Genesis, and creation and evolution in the contemporary world. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission.
Moral Theology (3 credits)
By examining the Beatitudes, Decalogue, human actions, the moral and theological virtues, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, natural and divine law, as well as the notion of grace and the sacraments, this course will investigate how Christians are conformed to Christ in their lives.
Prerequisite: THL 301 or permission.
Theological Science II:
Summa Theologiae (3 credits)
This course continues the examination of the Summa Theologiae begun in the previous course. Since St. Thomas designed the Summa for beginning students in theology (by which he meant those who had completed a liberal arts and philosophical education), the student can now adequately appreciate the depth of thinking required for theological exercise. The course continues by looking past St. Thomas’ introduction to theology and concludes with some of his scriptural commentary.
Prerequisite: THL 401 or permission.