Basic Description

IMTH-725: Sacramental Theology and Liturgy

This course serves as an introduction to Sacramental Theology.  It is theoretical and foundational in that it explores Sacramental Theology and thoroughly covers the teaching in Part II of the Catechism and the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.  It is also practical and in depth in exploring such topics as the Liturgy of the East and West, the role of beauty (including art and music) in the Liturgy, the meaning of “full, active, conscious participation” in the Liturgy, and the Liturgy of the Hours. This course will consist of a weekly online lecture by video conference with mandatory participation as well as weekly videos provided by the Liturgical Institute to be watched individually.  Students will be expected to make weekly discussion posts and respond to posts in addition to assessment by exam and a short paper. The course can be taken for credit towards a future degree or audited for personal enrichment.

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IMTH-730: Synoptic Gospels

This course addresses the historical-cultural background, content, and theology associated with each of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). It considers the relationships of these Gospel accounts to one another and aspects of the literary and historical contexts that provide insight into the intended meaning of the evangelists for particular passages as well as the overall structure and content of each of their accounts of the Gospel. The course explains basic principles and considerations for performing Catholic biblical interpretation (exegesis) and requires limited exegeses of specified passages over the course of the term as well as an exegetical paper on a selected passage. Concurrently, it examines the doctrinal import of the respective texts.

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