Created by Reverend Joseph Weiss, SJ, a former Notre Dame Theology Professor, the purpose of this course is to explore the basic teachings of Christianity as presented in the Church's two classic confessional statements: the Ecumenical Creed promulgated by the Council of Constantinople in 381 A.D., known as the Nicene Creed, and the Apostles' Creed whose roots can be traced back to ancient Rome. The Creed provides a structure for investigating the foundational beliefs of the Catholic Church and the areas of theology that correspond to those beliefs. Participants in the course will gain knowledge of the history and development of the Church's beliefs. They will also obtain a deeper understanding of what we are professing and how the faith stated in the Creed both informs and challenges living the Christian life today.
*Note: Participants in this course must have their own copy of Berard Marthaler's The Creed (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications). Any edition of this text is acceptable.
Unit 1: Introduction to the Creed
- Why study the Creed?
- Origin and development of the creed
- The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity
Unit 2: Article One
- God the Father
- One God the Almighty
- God the Creator
Unit 3: Article Two (part one)
- Names and Titles of Jesus
- The Christological Debates
- The Passion and Death of Jesus
Unit 4: Article Two (part two)
- He descended into hell
- The Resurrection
- Exalted in Glory
- The Second Coming
Unit 5: Article Three
- I Believe in the Holy Spirit
- One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic
- I believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
- Created by Notre Dame Theology Professor.
- Six weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- In addition to assigned readings from The Creed, additional lecture material provided online as text and via video lecture (webstreaming).
- 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.
- Participants in this course must have their own copy of Berard Marthaler's The Creed (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications). Any edition of this text is acceptable.
- 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.