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ST 512: Christology & Soteriology (3CH)  
Course Syllabus


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Course Description:

A biblical, historical, and systematic consideration of the major questions concerning the Incarnation and Redemption. 



“Christology” and “The Resurrection of Jesus” in Raymond E. Brown, Joseph A. Fitzmyer, and Roland E. Murphy, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1990), [NJBC], 1354-1359, 1373-1377.

Wiliam Rusch (ed), The Trinitarian Controversy (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980)

Richard Norris (ed), The Christological Controversy (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980)

Leo Donald Davis, The First Seven Ecumenical Councils: Their History and Theology (Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1987)

William P. Loewe, “From the Humanity of Christ to the Historical Jesus,” Theological Studies 61 (2000), 314-331.

"Toward a Responsible Contemporary Soteriology" in Creativity and Method: Essays in Honor of Bernard Lonergan (Marquette University Press, 1981), 213-238.

Bernard Lonergan, “The Dehellenization of Dogma” and “The Origins of Christian Realism” in Second Collection (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1974), 11-32, 239-261.

“Mission and the Spirit,” and “Christology Today: Methodological Reflections,” A Third Collection (Paulist, 1985), 74-99, 23-34.

John A. McGuckin, “Atonement” in The Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology, available as a Google book, pp. 36-39:



Class  1
Topic: The context of contemporary Christology: The “historical Jesus,” the “historically reconstructed” Jesus, and the interpretation of the N.T. Required Readings: “Christology” in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, 1354-1359. William P. Loewe, “From the Humanity of Christ to the Historical Jesus”

Two-page summary (about 400-500 words, double-spaced, 12 point font. 1 inch margins) of the “Christology” reading from the NJBC.
Two-page summary of the Loewe article.

Class 2
Topic: The Easter Event
Required Readings:“The Resurrection of Jesus” in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, 1373-1377.
Two-page summary of the “Resurrection” article.

Class 3
Topic: Interpreting the dogmatic development toward the Christological dogmas.
Required Readings:
Lonergan, “The Dehellenization of Dogma” and “The Origins of Christian Realism”
Two-page reflection on each of the Lonergan articles. (These are difficult, so simply do your best. Instead of summaries this time, try to formulate questions for our discussions.)

Class 4
Topic: The Gnostic / Docetist Challenge; Tertullian and Origen
Required Readings:
Selections from Melito of Sardis and Irenaeus of Lyons (in Norris) Selections from Tertullian, “Against Praxeas” and Origen, “De Principiis,” (both in Norris) Davis, Chapter 1
Two-page summary of Davis and a two-page summary of either Melito and Irenaeus or Tertullian or Origen (Please consult the Lonergan articles that you have already read for guidance in your interpretation of Tertullian and Origen.)

Class 5
Topic: Nicea (325 A.D.)
Required Readings:
Davis, Chapters 2-3 Athanasius, “Orations Against the Arians,” Book I (in Rusch) and Book III (in Norris) Arius, “Letter to Eusebius” and “Letter to Alexander” (in Rusch) Alexander of Alexandria, “Letter to Alexander of Thessalonica” (in Rusch) Synodal Letter of Antioch (in Rusch) Creed of Nicea (in Rusch) Aruis' Letter to Constantine, (in Rusch)

Two-page summary of Athanasius, “Orations Against the Arians,” either Book I (in Rusch) or Book III (in Norris).

Class 6
Topic: The Councils of Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451)
Required Readings:
Davis, Chapters 4-5
Nestorius, “First Sermon” and “Second Letter to Cyril”
Cyril of Alexandria, “Third Letter to Nestorius” and “Letter to John of Antioch”
Pope Leo I, “Tomus ad Flavianum” of A.D. 449
(All of the above to be found in Norris)
Two-page summary of the Nestorius—Cyril correspondence or of Cyril’s Letter to John and Leo’s Tome.

Class 7
Topic: Salvation in Christ: From the Fathers to Anselm
Required Readings:
John A. McGuckin, “Atonement”
St. Anselm, “A Meditation on Human Redemption”
Two-page summary of Anselm.

Class 8
Topic: Thomas Aquinas
Required Readings: Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, III, q. 1, a. 1-6
Two page summary of only one of the six articles.

Class 9
Topic: A Contemporary Christology and Soteriology
Required Readings:
Bernard Lonergan, “Christology Today: Methodological Reflections”
William P. Loewe, “Toward a Responsible Contemporary Soteriology”
Two-page summary of the Loewe article.

Class 10
Topic: The Spirit, Spirituality, and the World’s Religions
Required Readings:
Lonergan, “Mission and the Spirit”




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