Created by Dr. Joseph Wawrykow, a Notre Dame Theology Professor, for STEP. Christology is defined as critical theological reflection on Jesus of Nazareth. A Christology is constituted by the attempt to give a systematic account of the identity and significance of Jesus Christ, of who he is and why he is important. This course offers an introduction to Christology through the examination of the teaching of such leading theologians as Athanasius, Cyril of Alexandria, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, Karl Rahner, and Jon Sobrino. Among the topics to be addressed in the course are: 1) the formulation in the patristic period of a teaching about Christ that is meant to be normative; 2) the adequacy of the patristic formulation; 3) and, the rise more recently of distinctive forms of Christology that depart, to varying degrees, from the classical formulation while trying to retain its basic insights.
- Discussion of terms: incarnational Christology; "person" and "nature;" overview of major Christological controversies and responses from patristic writers and Councils
- Selected readings: Athanasius, Cyril of Alexandria, Councils of Chalcedon and II Constantinople)
- Analysis of writings of two leading incarnational theologians: Athanasius of Alexandria and Anselm of Canterbury
- Selected readings: Athanasius, Anselm, and Aquinas
- The incarnational Christology of Thomas Aquinas
- Examination of excerpts of Aquinas' Summa contra Gentiles and Summa Theologiae
- Selected readings: Aquinas: Summa Theologiae
- Overview: Christology "from below"
- Examination of modern critiques of classical, incarnational Christologies
- Christology and the New Testament
- Selected readings: John P. Meier, E.P. Sanders, the Gospel of Matthew
- An examination of the Christology of two 20th century theologians: Karl Rahner and Jon Sobrino
- Selected readings: Dominus Iesus
- Created by Notre Dame Theology Professor.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- Material delivered by video lecture (via webstreaming). A CD-ROM of lecture also available for purchase.
- All lecture text available online in course.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Weekly written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Weekly facilitator moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- All course materials are available in the course.
- Weekly reading or viewing of lecture text.
- Participation in class discussion using discussion area (minimum 2 comments, questions or responses weekly.)
- Weekly written assignment (150-200 words.)
- Weekly chat session with other students in course (3 required throughout course.)
- Course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours a week (time varies from student to student depending on your learning style and schedule.)
A Certificate of Completion awarding 30 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.
This course offers an optional Supplemental CD. While the video lectures for the course are available in the course via webstreaming, Supplemental CDs containing the video lectures can be purchased for viewing the lecture without being connected to the Internet or for reviewing the lecture after the course has ended.