2015 Epiphany Term Courses
January 5-9, 2015
(STM/BE/CD)The Gospel of John and the Making of Disciples
The Gospel of John has often been called the "Spiritual Gospel." In this course we will focus on how the high Christological features of the Gospel of John are wedded to, and speak effectively to concrete difficulties involved in discipleship. Specifically, this will involve a study of the Christology, models of discipleship, and characteristics of the ecclesial community found in this gospel. Through such emphases, the course will attempt to study the ways in which the Fourth Gospel empowered its community and which can invigorate the individual commitment that coalesces in vibrant contemporary Christian communities.
Dr. Dennis Sylva, PhD
(STM/LT/AT) Liturgy in Thomas Aquinas
Why is all of the theology aimed at "suffering divine things," according to Thomas Aquinas? Through a close reading of primary texts, this seminar will unpack the structure and method of the Summa of theology to reveal the Trinitarian, scriptural, sacramental pattern of the whole. Aimed finally at Thomas's exegesis of the Mass, we will mark his account of sacraments in general, and the Eucharist in particular, as an ascent for which the student/disciple must prepare.
Dr. Christopher Wells, PhD