Elective Courses for the MA in Theology through Distance Learning
(A minimum of two courses required)
- THE 610 - Theology and Ministry of the Word, by Dr. Scott Hahn, discusses how the Christian people are formed by the Word of God as presented in Scripture and Church Teaching. This information is the result of a sound theological understanding of the Word and its effective proclamation through preaching, teaching, prophecy, and catechesis based on the Word of God.
- THE 655 - Mary in the Modern World, by Dr. Mark Miravalle, consists of a theological investigation of the doctrines and magisterial teachings concerning the singular role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the providential plan of salvation. This will be followed by examining the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit as contained in the writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Lastly, there will be a theological and pastoral analysis of the Marian messages from the principal apparitions of Mary in the modern world, with special emphasis on the messages of Lourdes, Fatima, and the present reported apparitions from Medjugorje.
- THE 660 - PI: Biblical Spirituality, by Dr. Stephen Miletic, will introduce the student to the field of Biblical Spirituality. It is designed to survey and highlight the biblical foundations of Christian spirituality, beginning with the spiritualities found in the Old Testament reading through to the New Testament.
- THE 660 - PI: The Nature of Love, by Dr. Michael Healy, examines the philosophical nature of love. It examines love as a response to value and as a gift; the role of desiring union in love and the intention of seeing the beloved happy, as well as the relationship of love and morality, and caritas. It also treats the role of sexuality in love, emphasizing the contributions in thought by Dietrich von Hildebrand and Karol Wojtyla.
(A minimum of two courses required)
- THE 710 - OT: Wisdom Literature, by Dr. John Bergsma, introduces students to the wisdom books of the Bible, focusingon the Old Testament books: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Song of Songs, the Wisdom of Solomon and Sirach. At the end of the course, students are introduced to wisdom literature in the Gospels and James.
- THE 721 - Christian Spirituality, by Dr. Mark Miravalle, seeks to present and expound upon the basic theological and dogmatic principles of Spiritual Theology as well as a brief treatment of examples of the Christian spiritualities that have been manifested through the centuries of the Church. Hence the first and major part of the course will examine the foundational elements for any authentic Catholic spirituality while the second will emphasize and examine the specific means of implementation as manifested by saints and mystics in the history of the Church.
- THE 740 - TI: Comparative Religion, by Dr. Michael Healy, aims to give the student an overview of the philosophy of religions, looking at various aspects of man’s relation to God as we find it on the level of human experience and reason. Then, in light of comparative religion, he will also investigate the relation of Christianity to other religions.
- THE 740 - TI: Eschatology, by Dr. Regis Martin, will acquaint the students with the Church's understanding of the Last Things, namely Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. These are the ultimate realities which bear most directly on the last section of the Creed, the Resurrection of the body and life everlasting. As such, they are the mysteries which make up the content of the Church's hope.
- THE 740 - TI: Introduction to the Universal Catechism, by Dr. Stephen Miletic, introduces the student to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The goal of all catechesis concerns the insertion of the catechized into the mystery of Christ's person. The two principle goals of the course are: 1) understanding the CCC's principles of organization/logical structures and 2) understanding how it deveops and unfolds doctrine.