Moral Theology

Concentration Chair: Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.

Courses place in perspective the philosophical and theological tools with which the complex issues of morality are theoretically and practically evaluated. They help the student to discover the theological and moral virtues within the context of human activity. Canon Law is covered by courses in this area. The required course is MTH 611 – Fundamental Moral Theology I.

Concentration Goals

  1. Establish the moral experience of the human being, from the personal morality and its relationship with the ethos.
  2. We live in a world where the fundamental rights such as life, family and distributive justice it seems are in great challenge. The study of what are knowledge, freedom, and responsibility will help to have a coherent view.
  3. Christian values must be submitted with coherence and as an aid to discover our humanity and respond to the most sublime man’s search: the truth. It is what is called the dialogue between faith and reason.
  4. Jesus Christ yesterday, today and always is the concrete response to the deepest aspirations of the human being, Christian morality seeks to present this reality with a new language to the present culture.

Concentration Outcomes

  1. To be able to identify and explain the biblical, historical, ethical, and systematic foundations of Catholic Moral Life and belief in a manner that is critical, accurate, and informed by current scholarship.
  2. To be able to exhibit, in speech and writing, a coherent and detailed knowledge of their theological moral concentration, its developing methodologies, its current literature, its major theoretical constructs, and its classical and current problems and insights.
  3. To be able to manifest the skills of theological research, including facility with traditional library resources and new media resources, as well as the ability to recognize and correctly cite materials appropriate to academic theology.
  4. To be able to exhibit a critical understanding of diverse theological moral discourses and positions, assessing them critically and charitably in the light of the Catholic faith.
  5. To be able to demonstrate competence in communicating Catholic Moral doctrine accurately at a popular level, in a practical and commonly accessible way, whether by ordinary speech and writing or via the new media of social communication.

Co-requisites for Theology:

  1. PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians
  2. DTH 600 Faith and Revelation (Prerequisite is PHS 607)

Theology Core:

  1. DTH 731 One and Triune God
  2. DTH 751 Christology (Prerequisite is DTH 731)
  3. MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I
  4. SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels

Concentration Core:

  1. MTH 659 Moral Magisterium of John Paul II
  2. MTH 612 Fundamental Moral Theology II
  3. MTH/PAS/PHE 680 Marriage and the Theology of the Body
  4. MTH/PAS/PHE 841 Catholic Social Teachings

Concentration Electives (Choose one of the following):

  1. MTH 891 Spiritual Theology
  2. MTH 851 Contemporary Moral Issues

Comprehensive Exam Course:

  1. ENG 890 MA Summative Evaluation:  Comprehensive Exam & Professional Paper (Theology)

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