General Objective: To provide information regarding Jesus Christ – and the place of Mary in relation to Him – in the Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, in the Creeds, and in the Councils throughout the history of the Church.
Course Outlines: I. Christology. 1. General Introduction: Christology and Scripture, diverse yet complementary. 2. Christological emphases in the New Testament. 3. The development of Christology in the Fathers, the Creeds, and the Councils. 4. Medieval Christology and the Reformation. 5. Christological reflection from the Enlightenment to the Council Vatican II, and beyond. 6. Contemporary issues, including the consciousness of Jesus and Christology in the context of diverse cultures, religions and situations. II. Mariology: 1. Mariology: its development in the history of the Church, in relation to Christology and to the rest of Christian doctrine. 2. Mariology in the Second Vatican Council, in subsequent magisterial texts and in today’s ecumenical context.
Textbooks: Christology: Kereszty, Roch. Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology. Revised and Updated 3rd Edition. New York: Saint Paul, 2002. Neuner, J. Marry Mother of the Saviour. Bangalore: Theological Publication in India, 2013. Bibliography: Christology: Brown, Raymond. An Introduction to New Testament Christology. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1994; Fitzmyer, Joseph. Scripture and Christology: A Statement of the Biblical Commission with a Commentary. London: Chapman, 1986; Gaine, Simon. Did the Saviour See the Father? Christ, Salvation and the Vision of God. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2015; Johnson, Luke. The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for The Historical Jesus and the Truth of The Traditional Gospels. San Francisco: Harper, 1996; Kasper, Walter. Jesus the Christ. New Edition. Edinburgh: Continuum, 2011; Macquarrie, John. Jesus Christ in Modern Thought. London: SCM Press, 2003; O’Collins, Gerard. Christology: A Biblical, Historical and Systematic Study of Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013; Weinandy, Thomas. Jesus the Christ. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 2003. Mariology: Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ: The Seattle Statement. Edited by Donald Bolen. London: Continuum, 2007; Balthasar, Urs von. Mary for Today. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988; Brown, Raymond, Karl Donfried, Joseph Fitzmyer, and John Reumann, eds. Mary in the New Testament: A Collaborative Assessment by Protestant and Roman Catholic Scholars. New York: Paulist Press, 1978; Haffner, Paul. The Mystery of Mary. Leominster: Gracewing, 2004; Pelikan, Jaroslav. Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in The History of Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998; Ratzinger, Joseph. Mary, the Church at the Source. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to understand the mystery of Christ, articulating accurately its different dimensions and communicating them with confidence and enthusiasm; to express how to situate the Church’s Marian teachings within the hierarchy of truths, while still fully appreciating the unique role of Mary in salvation history and in the life and devotion of the faithful.