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. Identify and discuss methods of coping with the opportunities and challenges that are part of late adolescence and early adult life.
  2. Critique their value system and re-evaluate it in the light of one’s new status as a young adult.
  3. Discuss love, friendship, and communication. 
  4. Reflect on suffering and healing in life.
  5. Examine, discuss, and evaluate the four lifestyles (single, married, ordained, and consecrated) in relationship to their current preferences and talents.
  6. Create scenarios of their future family life and examine them in the light of one’s current family.
  7. Recognize one’s talents and abilities. 
  8. Define love and explain how love is expressed in different relationships, including past, present, and future relationships. 
  9. Recognize the importance of communication skills 
  10. Discuss the ramifications of sexual intimacy. 
  11. Contemplate marriage. 
  12. Explore the Archdiocesan website.
     

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. The Catholic Church and its symbols of belief 
  2. The possibilities of single life, religious life, priesthood and marriage 
  3. The liturgical calendar

 

This curriculum was last updated on January 4, 2019, by the Theology Department.