The Catholic University of America

Tradition and Renewal in Contemporary Catholicism

Inspired by the four constitutions of the Second Vatican Council, our Theology sequence addresses their content and goals. The courses in this sequence are taught by faculty from the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Students take HSTR 101 as part of their Honors Program First Year Experience Learning Community. The other three Theology track courses (HSTR 102, 203, and 204) are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 

 

 

Courses Include:


God's Word in Human Words
HSTR 101
Theology begins in the investigation of Revelation: scripture and tradition, and creation itself. This course introduces students to the ways in which the people of God have read, embraced, and interpreted Revelation. 


Liturgy and the Christian Life
HSTR 102
An examination of the relationship between liturgy and the Christian life. The course will consider such topics as the ecclesial and ritual nature of liturgy, the sacramental roots of the Christian life, the role of scripture in the liturgy, and liturgy as a cultural reality.


The Church: Community and Institution
HSTR 203
Why is the Christian life essentially one of community, and what kind of institutional organization is appropriate for this particular community? These were central questions addressed by Vatican II in its constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, and they remain central questions in ecumenical dialog seeking the unity of the Church today. This course will consider the life and shape of the Church at various points in its history, and the flourishing of study of the Church or 'ecclesiology' in the 20th century. It will closely examine the teaching of the Council itself and issues that have arisen in ecumenical discussion in recent decades on this topic.


The Church in Dialog with Contemporary Culture
HSTR 204
This course is an examination of the Church in light of its dialog with the contemporary world in which believers live. The course will consider questions of spirituality, social ethics, and interreligious dialog.