General Objectives: To identify the scope and content of Roman Catholic Systematic Theology. To present the Magisterial influence and evolution in the field of Systematic Theology with specific reference to the development of doctrine. To underscore the relationship between the Magisterium and theologians with respect to the understanding, development and presentation of doctrine.
Course Outlines: The transition from Gospel to doctrine as a hermeneutic and developmental reality in the Church. A biblical, historical, thematic and methodological presentation of doctrinal development in the early Church from the perspective of Roman Catholic Systematic Theology. The contributions of prominent Catholic institutions and theologians in the field of the development of doctrine.
Required Reading: Newman, John Henry. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. Notre Dame: NDUP, 1989; International Theological Commission. “The Interpretation of Dogma (1989),” in Texts and Documents. Vol. 2, 1986-2007, 23-53. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2009; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Donum veritatis: Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian (24 May, 1990). Vatican City: Vatican Press, 1990. Bibliography: Bernard, David. A History of Christian Doctrine. Hazelwood: Word Aflame Press, 1995; Chadwick, Henry. Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition. Oxford: OUP, 1966; Davis, Leo. The First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1983; Edwards, Mark. Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2009; Eno, Robert. Teaching with Authority in the Early Church. Wilmington: Glazier, 1984; Fiorenza, Francis, and John Galvin, eds. Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011; Gaillardetz, Richard. Teaching with Authority: A Theology of the Magisterium of the Church. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1997; Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder, eds. Documents of the Christian Church. Oxford: OUP, 2011; Doran, Robert. What is Systematic Theology? Toronto: UPT, 2005; Hanson Richard. The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1988; Hanson Richard. Tradition in Early Church. London: SCM, 1962; Kasper, Walter. The Methods of Dogmatic Theology. Translated by John Drury. New York: Ecclesia Press, 1969; Kelly, John. Early Christian Creeds. 3rd Edition. London: Continuum, 1972; Pelikan, Jaroslav. Development of Christian Doctrine: Some Historical Prolegomena. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969; Rausch, Thomas. Systematic Theology: A Roman Catholic Approach. Wilmington: Glazier, 2016; Schaff, Philip. Creeds of Christendom, with a History and Critical Notes. Vol. 1, The History of Creeds. Grand Rapids: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 2003; Thiel, John. Senses of Tradition: Continuity and Development in Catholic Faith. New York: OUP, 2000; Wiles, Maurice. The Making of Christian Doctrine: A Study in the Principles of Early Doctrinal Development. Cambridge: CUP, 1967; Williams, Daniel, ed. Tradition, Scripture, and Interpretation: A Sourcebook of the Ancient Church. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to appreciate the sense of development in doctrine; to understand the role of the Magisterium as the guardian and teachers of the deposit of faith; to cultivate a spirit of fidelity and help to the Magisterium in their capacity as pastors of souls.