844 Theology IV

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for seniors

Catholic Response to Non-Christian Religions (First Semester) helps students understand the broader world of religious ideas and practices. It covers Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

Christian Lifestyles (Second Semester) encourages students to recognize and appreciate the religious diversity of humanity, while at the same time recognizing the Catholic teaching or viewpoint on each issue. Lifestyles provides a practical as well as theological guide to possible life choices for living one’s faith as a Catholic/Christian adult.

Skills (1st Semester)

By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Recognize that ecumenism is an ongoing effort by the Catholic Church to engage in dialogue with other churches, rather than setting itself against them. 
  2. Compare and contrast the basic history and elements of the world’s major religions through their study of the eight religious traditions. 
  3. Explore each religion through its History, Sacred Stories and Scriptures, Beliefs and Practices, Sacred Times, Sacred Places and Sacred Spaces.  
  4. Speak with respect for the people and the traditions of the world’s religions. 
  5. Identify key saints in the Catholic tradition, situate them in history, and recognize their relevance in the Catholic Church.
  6. Reflect on their religious tradition and experience in relationship to each of the non-Christian religions covered in the course.
  7. Employ presentation skills.

Skills (2nd Semester)

By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Articulate reasonable arguments for the existence of God, the human soul and the need for the Church.
  2. Critique their value system and to continually re-evaluate it as they get older.
  3. Recognize the challenges to living a life of faith after high school.
  4. Understand the four lifestyles (single, married, ordained, and consecrated) in relationship to their current preferences and talents.
  5. Use their experience of their current family to prepare for challenges for their future family.
  6. Define love and explain how love it is expressed in different relationships, including past, present, and future relationships.
  7. Analyze the ramifications of sexual intimacy.

Knowledge (1st Semester)

By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Hinduism
  2. Buddhism .
  3. Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto 
  4. Judaism 
  5. Islam
  6. Christianity 

Knowledge (2nd Semester)

By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Reasonable arguments for the existence of God and the human soul from science and philosophy.
  2. The necessity of the Church through philosophical reasoning and historical reality.
  3. The four primary vocations of single life, married life, religious life and priesthood.
  4. The challenges of marriage and family life. How to express gratitude.

 

This curriculum was last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Theology Department.