Catholic Theology Certificate Courses

IMTH-700: Fundamental Theology

IMTH700 – Fundamental Theology 2 credits This course is a study of the character, methodology, and significance of theological knowledge, specifically of Christian revelation.  The

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Introduction to CGS (IMTH-780)

This course is available to anyone. It is conducted online through a combination of interactive online video conferenced meetings in the evening, reading assignments, and asynchronous online

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Introduction to CGS (IMTH-780)

This course is available to anyone. It is conducted online through a combination of interactive online video conferenced meetings in the evening, reading assignments, and asynchronous online

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Introduction to CGS (IMTH-780)

This course is available to anyone. It is conducted online through a combination of interactive online video conferenced meetings in the evening, reading assignments, and asynchronous online

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Christian Anthropology (IMTH-710)

This course is available to anyone. It is conducted online through a combination of interactive online video conferenced meetings in the evening, reading assignments, and asynchronous online

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Theology of the Body (IMTH-750)

This course is a study of the character, methodology, and significance of theological knowledge, specifically of Christian revelation.  The first part of the course treats revelation, understood as the fundamental concept of theology—the “science of faith”, as well as the transmission of revelation in the life of the Church.  The second part of the course focuses on the attempt of Fundamental theology to demonstrate how Christian revelation is credible theologically, historically, and anthropologically, for the modern man and woman.  The course will analyze man’s openness to revelation; the relationship between faith and reason; Christology as the foundation of fundamental theology; and the place and the credibility of the Church in handing on revelation.

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Fundamental Theology (IMTH-700)

This course is a study of the character, methodology, and significance of theological knowledge, specifically of Christian revelation.  The first part of the course treats revelation, understood as the fundamental concept of theology—the “science of faith”, as well as the transmission of revelation in the life of the Church.  The second part of the course focuses on the attempt of Fundamental theology to demonstrate how Christian revelation is credible theologically, historically, and anthropologically, for the modern man and woman.  The course will analyze man’s openness to revelation; the relationship between faith and reason; Christology as the foundation of fundamental theology; and the place and the credibility of the Church in handing on revelation.

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Sacramental Theology and Liturgy (IMTH-725-01)

This course provides an introduction to Liturgy and 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, Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC). 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.

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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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The Epistles (IMTH-745)

This course demonstrates how these texts taken together as a corpus display the mutual development of orthodoxy and orthopraxis.  The course will study how the Pauline and apostolic teachings lead to and are rooted in the prayers and worship of the early Church, and how these beliefs and practices lead to later moral, pastoral, and ecclesial developments.

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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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Synoptic Gospels (IMTH-730)

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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IMTH-735: Scripture and Liturgy

Topics include:

– Exploring the innate and mutually illuminative relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Liturgy and the unity between the Bible, the Liturgy, and life.
– Studying the relationship between passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament to gain insight into the New Testament concealed in the Old Testament and the Old Testament fulfilled in the New – Testament and of the ongoing fulfilment of Scripture in the liturgy in which the whole mystery of Christ is present.
– Examining fundamental aspects of first-century Judaism, including Scripture, the Temple, sacrifice, major Jewish feasts, and liturgical and ethical worship.
– Aside from extensive recourse to Sacred Scripture, the course will utilize the Ordinary of the Mass, the earliest witnesses on the Liturgy, the arrangement of Sunday Lectionary, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Note: All are welcome to take it for credit or to audit.

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Scripture and Liturgy (IMTH-735)

Topics include:

– Exploring the innate and mutually illuminative relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Liturgy and the unity between the Bible, the Liturgy, and life.
– Studying the relationship between passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament to gain insight into the New Testament concealed in the Old Testament and the Old Testament fulfilled in the New – Testament and of the ongoing fulfilment of Scripture in the liturgy in which the whole mystery of Christ is present.
– Examining fundamental aspects of first-century Judaism, including Scripture, the Temple, sacrifice, major Jewish feasts, and liturgical and ethical worship.
– Aside from extensive recourse to Sacred Scripture, the course will utilize the Ordinary of the Mass, the earliest witnesses on the Liturgy, the arrangement of Sunday Lectionary, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Note: All are welcome to take it for credit or to audit.

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IMTH-761: Mission Here and Now: An Introduction to Missiology for the Parish

How does a parish respond to the decreasing engagement in its sacramental and community life? How can a parish form missionary disciples and why would someone want to be a missionary disciple? What lessons from the early church can we apply to become a parish that is a center of missionary discipleship? What are the best practices of effective missionary parishes? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this summer intensive course designed for parish leaders.

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Mission Here and Now: An Introduction to Missiology for the Parish (IMTH-761)

How does a parish respond to the decreasing engagement in its sacramental and community life? How can a parish form missionary disciples and why would someone want to be a missionary disciple? What lessons from the early church can we apply to become a parish that is a center of missionary discipleship? What are the best practices of effective missionary parishes? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this summer intensive course designed for parish leaders.

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IMTH-760: Ecclesiology and Mariology

This course first presents a theology of the Church in its Marian dimension – Mary being the exemplar of the Church – and the roots of this notion in Scripture and Tradition. The central portion of the course is a study of the mystery, structure, and life of the Church in the documents of Vatican II. The course will focus finally on how the Church as a community of disciples extends the work of Jesus Christ in its mission The relationship of the Church to God’s Kingdom now and in the future will mark this mission’s identity and limitations.

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Ecclesiology and Mariology (IMTH-760)

This course first presents a theology of the Church in its Marian dimension – Mary being the exemplar of the Church – and the roots of this notion in Scripture and Tradition. The central portion of the course is a study of the mystery, structure, and life of the Church in the documents of Vatican II. The course will focus finally on how the Church as a community of disciples extends the work of Jesus Christ in its mission The relationship of the Church to God’s Kingdom now and in the future will mark this mission’s identity and limitations.

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