Diploma : Theology to get started
Access: There are no prerequisites for these short courses. The course material is university level.
Length of Studies: Students have 24 months from the date of enrolment in which to validate the diploma.
Validation: Each of the five courses is assessed by a 5 page written assignment. The diploma is worth 15 ECTS.
Diploma in Theology : Theology to get started
Are you ready to engage in this journey across the different disciplines in Theology – from the theoretical to the highly personnel and the point where theory can be applied to the human search for Truth?
This diploma is composed of carefully chosen modules enabling students to engage in a coherent succession of theology studies. It first introduces the concept of theology and looks at the progression from natural theology to sacred theology.
The central theme of the Trinity is explored with the Christology of Urs von Balthzar. Theology is then approached through the theological study of the Church across the centuries. A highlight of the diploma is the course entitled, “Theology of Grace”. Grace is God’s life in us, the authentic life of our human spirit, what our life is truly called to be.
Finally, with the theoretical foundations firmly in place you will be well prepared to be guided through a course further exploring the human search for truth, friendship and happiness.
Theology to get started
- A First Introduction to Theology
- Trinitarian Christology of Urs von Baltazar
- Theology of Grace
- Aquinas’ notion of friendship
According to Balthasar, in God, there is a triple k enotic intra-trinitarian relationship. The first kenosis consists in the Father dispossessing himself of his divinity and giving it to the Son. This divine act brings about the procession of the Son as the second possibility of being in one divine nature. The second kenosis comes about from the fact that the Son can be consubstantial with the Father only in his own self-emptying. The response of the Son to this substantial possession of the divinity is an eternal eucharistia which is as disinterested as the original gift of the Father. Proceeding from the two as their sub sistent ‘We’ is the Spirit who can be God only in his sealing as ‘Person’ this identical self -emptying in the Father and the Son since he is the proclamation and effusion of the love of the Fa ther and the Son. This makes the third kenosis. In sum, the Father’s kenosis to the Son, a nd the kenosis of the Father and the Son to the Holy Spirit correspond to the very essence of G od which can only be love.
Aquinas'notion of friendship and its relevance to eternal happiness. What is happiness? What is its nature and character both here and in the hereafter? Is it attainable? What is the nature and character of friendship? Is it possible? Why is it so integral to happiness, the goal of man, in such a way as to say no one can be called happy who is without friends?
This course explores the mystery of the Church as seen in the light of Vatican II. The basic document is Lumen Gentium. The aim is to examine questions regarding origin, nature, structure, and mission of the Church. At the end of the course, the students will have a better understanding of the the nature, the structure, the work of the Church, and a better understanding of the ecclesiological teaching of the Second Vatican Council.