Fall 2014 Booklist
GS 501A Foundational Course in Sacred Scripture
Mon 7-10 PM Kelly Anderson
This course will be an introduction to the Catholic study of the Sacred Scriptures as the inspired Revelation of God and the soul of sacred theology. It will deal with both the background information regarding the biblical world and the works which comprise the Old and New Testaments. The course will be divided into the following subtopics: canon and authorship (inspiration, inerrancy, authority, canonicity, testament); the written Word and the land of the Bible; the history of Israel and the early Church; and the history and principles of interpretation (the four senses), including Church documents (Dei Verbum), exegetical methods (historical-critical method), and hermeneutics. This course will then apply these biblical tools to examine specific aspects of the Old Testament, including from texts within the Pentateuch, the Wisdom Literature, the Kings, and/or the Prophets. (3 credits)
GST 651 Theology of the Sacraments
Tue 7-10 PM Dr. Janet Haggerty
This course provides the historical and doctrinal survey of the sacraments. It discusses the relationship of the individual sacraments to the Mystery of Christ and the Church, including both regarding principles of general sacramental theology and a consideration of major doctrinal questions regarding individual sacraments. Course includes an introduction to liturgical prayer and liturgical spirituality. (3 credits)
Colman O'Neill, Meeting Christ in the Sacraments
Paul Haffner, Sacramental Mystery
Adrienne von Speyer, The Cross, Word and Sacrament
GST 851 Church History
Wed 7-10 PM Fr. John Collins
This course will present a brief overview history of the Catholic Church, as founded upon Christ and His apostles and led by the Holy Spirit through the centuries. Presentation will include three levels of inquiry:
1) investigating persons, periods, events, movements, controversies, and heresies related to the Church;
2) investigating the development of doctrine by examining excerpts from major Church councils;
3) examining selected writings from Church Saints and other figures (including Islam and Protestantism) from each period.
GST 531 Synoptic Gospels
Wed 7-10 PM Fr. Frank Giuffre
A comparative study of the three Synoptic Gospels, including a consideration of the historical setting of the New Testament within first-century Judaism, the contributions of the Church Fathers and Doctors regarding the study of the Gospels, and a brief review of modern New Testament scholarship. The course will deal with questions of authorship and theological purpose, audience and dating, sources and structure. Special attention will be given to significant themes and selected texts in each individual Gospel. (3 credits)
The required texts for this course are:
• The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke within The Holy Bible, preferably the New American Bible (NAB), especially The Catholic Study Bible, Oxford edition. Another permissible translation includes the RSV/The Ignatius Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. Please bring your Bible to each class.
• K. Aland, alia. Synopsis of the Four Gospels: English Edition (2010/ISBN # 978-1585169429) OR Synopsis of the Four Gospels: Greek-English Edition (1976/ISBN # 978-3438054050).
• P. S. Williamson. "Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 65, no. 3 (2003): 327-349.
• E. Sri. Bible Compass: A Catholic's Guide to Navigating the Scriptures. West Chester, PA: Ascension Press, 2009, 25–63. (ISBN #: 978-1934217788)
GST 501B Foundational Course in Sacred Scripture (Survey)
Wed 7-10 PM Kelly Anderson
This course will study the Old Testament. The four major sections of the OT (Pentateuch, Historical Books, Prophetic Books and Wisdom Literature) will each be examined. Particular attention will be given to covenants, the problem of sin and suffering, and the promises of a future leader.'
The Bible: Acceptable translations include the NABRE, NAB, NRSV, RSV, NJB
Duggan, Michael W. The Consuming Fire: A Christian Guide to the Old Testament. Our Sunday Visitor, 2010. ISBN: 1592765971
GST 988 Cyber Theology
Tue 7-10 PM Fr. Thomas Daily
This course offers an exploration of the interface between Theology and Social Communications. Emphasis will be placed upon seeking the intelligibility of faith in light of the logic of a digital culture and advancing the work of evangelization through cyberspace.
(Audit this course for 1/3 tuition rate)
GST 245 History of Black Catholics and Saints
Tue 7-10 PM Mrs. Paula Manchester
This course offers overview of the history of African-American Catholics from the period of Afro-Hispanic settlements, through the slavery and emancipation period, and up to contemporary struggles for Civil Rights, with particular attention to the religious movements which developed among African-American clergy, religious and lay leaders in the American Church, with special focus on black ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This course will survey the life and spirituality of Saints of African heritage. (3 credits)
Brown, Camille L. African Saints, African Stories: 40 Holy Men and Women. Cincinnati, Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2008. ISBN # 978-0-86716-805-1
Davis, Cyprian. The History of Black Catholics in the United States. New York: The Crossroads Publishing Company, 1990. ISBN # 0-8245-1010-0
Ochs, Stephen. Desegregating the Altar. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1990. ISBN # 0-8071-1859-1
GST 210 Theology of Prayer
Mon 7-10 PM Kristi Bushner
An exploration of the attributes and dimensions of prayer, with specific attention to its classic forms (vocal, meditative and contemplative). Foundations for prayer will be considered as well as its relevance, efficacy and common obstacles to a consistent and sustained life of prayer. The course will study key aspects of the Gospel teaching on prayer including the Lord’s Prayer. Holy Mass as the highest form of prayer will be addressed as well as the irreplaceable role of suffering. We will also cover the role of Marian and Divine Mercy devotions in the life of prayer. (3 credits)
Catechism of the Catholic Church (San Francisco: Ignatius press, 1994)
Kreeft, Peter. Prayer for Beginners. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000).
Dubay, Thomas. Prayer Primer; Igniting the Fire Within. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2002).
GST 270 Introduction to Philosophy (2 Credits)
Wed 7-10 PM Dr. Peter Colosi
This class meets: Aug 27, Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (ten class meetings)
This is an introductory course to the discipline of philosophy. We will focus on Ancient Greek philosophers; the methods and branches of philosophy in general will be presented throughout. Some discussion of connections to later philosophers and the relation between Greek philosophy and Christian Revelation will be included.
•Reale, Giovanni, A History of Ancient Philosophy: From the Origins to Socrates (New York: State University of New York Press, 1987).
•Plato, Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Crito, Apology, Meno, Phaedo, Trans. G. M. A. Grube's, revised by John Cooper. (Hackett Publishing, 2002
GST 294 Catechism of the Catholic Church (2 Credits)
Wed 7-10 PM Kristi Bushner
This class meets: Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 (ten class meetings)
This course will survey the content and theological basis of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part One (The Profession of Faith) and Part Two, Section Two (The Seven Sacraments of the Church), Part Three (Life in Christ) and Part Four (Christian Prayer). In the study of Part One, the Creed, each article of this essential confession of faith is examined with reference to its personal effect on our life in Christ. The survey of the Sacraments includes examination of each Sacrament of Initiation, with an emphasis on developing a deeper understanding of the Eucharist as the “source and summit of our faith” as well as the central Sacrament of Christian living. The Sacraments of Healing and of Service will also be studied. Part Three, our Life in Christ, will include study of moral conscience, the virtues, sin, the doctrine of grace and the Ten Commandments. Christian Prayer, the topic of Part Four, will consider the attributes of prayer, its forms, challenges and a close study of the fundamental Christian prayer: the “Our Father.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church (San Francisco: Ignatius press, 1994)