Summer Session 2018 Courses

Registration is currently underway for our 2018 summer class. To register, please download the course registration form and return to Kim Schulman. Please contact Kim Schulman with questions. The following course will be offered:

THEO 690 – Spiritual Theology
Tuesday/Thursday mornings and evenings, May 15 – August 23
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - OR - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Holy Spirit College, Malta Hall
Dr. Chris Gustafson

Course Description: Spiritual Theology will survey that branch of theology that, proceeding from the truths of divine revelation and the religious experience of individual persons, defines the nature of the supernatural life, formulates directives for its growth and development, and explains the process by which souls advance from the beginning of the spiritual life to its full perfection. We will employ the three stages of the spiritual life as an organizational focal point for this course. (3 credit hours; $1,470 for credit; audit fee $300)


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THEO 690 Spiritual Theology Syllabus Summer 2018







Online courses offered by Pontifex University. For more information visit Pontifex University.

The Old Testament in Words and Images - A survey of all the books of the Old Testament, classified as historical, wisdom and prophetical. This study will examine, with an emphasis in traditional biblical typology, the revelatory stages of salvation history and the importance of fulfilled prophecy. Throughout the course, the students will be directed to the canon of traditional iconographic representation of significant events of the Old Covenant and, thereby, have a unique understanding both of the truths being considered and the importance of visual imagery in the proclamation of the Faith and ongoing catechesis. (3 credit hours)

The New Testament in Words and Images - The second course is a survey of the books of the New Testament considered as a fulfillment of the old covenant. As in the first course, students will be directed to the canon of traditional iconographic representation of the truths being considered. (3 credit hours)

The Bible and The Liturgy - This course examines the Christian Faith with special emphasis on the Sacraments and their Biblical background. Through a careful study of the Bible, catechism and early Church artwork, architecture, and liturgy, students grow dramatically in their appreciation of the Faith and its rich Biblical background and are given the knowledge, tools and confidence to emply the Bible as the major tool in future catechetical endeavors. (3 credit hours)

History and Practical Theology of Images - This is a theology of images and history of Western art seen through the eyes of faith. By considering Christology and Christian anthropology, the course examines the theological justification for the creation and veneration of sacred images. It then examines how, as a general principle, the way an artist creates his art, that is, the artist’s style, is governed by his understanding of what he paints. Then it looks at the authentic traditional liturgical forms of Christian art, the iconographic, the gothic and the baroque and explains how their styles are governed by a Christian worldview. Finally, there is a discussion on how the style of art governs the way we interact with the image, especially how to pray with images in both liturgical and personal prayer (meditation and contemplation). (3 credit hours)

Sacred Geometry, Sacred Number, Traditional Harmony and Proportion - Mathematics and geometry are studies of the quantitative aspect of number – answering the question, how much? The traditional approach to mathematics, prior to the Enlightenment, did this too; but it also looked at the qualitative aspect, that is the symbolic character of number. Similarly, the relationships between numbers are not all equivalent in value, but some are naturally perceived as more beautiful than others. When viewed in this way sacred number and sacred geometry become principles that can order time and space and potentially all human activity so that it is graceful and beautiful. We study how aspects of the culture such as the calendar, art, architecture, and music traditionally reflected these values. The writings of figures such as Plato and Aristotle, Euclid, Boethius, St Augustine and St Thomas are examined as sources. There is also an examination of how, far from undermining it, modern science reinforces these traditional ideas. There is a practical element built into this course in which students will create examples of Islamic tiled patterns, and traditional Christian patterns based upon Romanesque floor designs. (3 credit hours)

Philosophy of Nature and Philosophical Anthropology - The creative artist reflects his understanding of nature when he portrays it in his art. Therefore, a right philosophy of nature is essential to his portrayal of Creation. This course, which assumes little prior knowledge of philosophy, shows how the use of reason can identify natural principles of the cosmos.  Such a philosophy of nature, developed by Aristotle and clarified by St. Thomas, deepens our appreciation of the world around us and of the findings of modern science. Through this new framework of understanding, a bridge between art and science is created.  Students will see that each deepens our sense of awe and wonder which fuels creativity for scientist and artist alike. (3 credits)

Introduction to Sculpture - An introductory course in sculpture in which the sculpture is modeled in clay through observation of nature. (3 credits)

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