THEO 617. The Evidence for God from Contemporary Physics and Philosophy

Developed by nationally renowned philosopher Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J, Ph.D., based on his book, New Proofs for the Existence of God, this new video-format graduate course examines the considerable evidence for God and creation that has come to light from physics and philosophy during the last forty years. The course helps learners understand the arguments for the existence of God – and against atheism – using the most complete and integrated approach currently available. This analysis adds new meaning to life and our understanding of transcendence and destiny.

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THEO 500. The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism

“Who believes, sees,” Pope Francis proclaims in his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, The Light of Faith. THEO 500. The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism, our new 8-week graduate course, uses the Lumen Fidei and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to explore how faith is a kind of light for the intellect. THEO 500 offers an introduction to the academic study of Catholicism, providing a general framework for how faith and reason are related to one another, and the role of study in the Church.
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A Life-Changing Education

Doug Spriggs is in his third year of pursuing his MA in Theology and says he is “loving every little bit of it.” Doug lives with his wife, Lindsey, and children Elijah, Ethan, and Emma in Fayetteville, Ark., where they enjoy the great outdoors.  

“I had looked at many other programs online before deciding upon CDU,” he says. “I had taken other courses from Boston College, and although [they were] good, I just wasn’t satisfied with them.

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CDU Offers New 8-week Courses!

Why should you try an 8-week course?
•    Research shows that you will learn more and achieve higher grades
•    You can move through your program at a faster pace
•    More frequent start dates offer more flexibility for your busy schedule
•    The shorter timeframe allows you to take a break sooner

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MAY 2014 - 12 Week Term
Registration opens 3/3/14
Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes)                        
4/14/14
Registration/Payment Deadline 4/28/14
Course Preview Opens                                                                              
5/2/14
First Day of Class                                                                                     
5/5/14
Last Day to Add a Class  
5/9/14
Last Day to Drop a Course (no W on transcript)                                            
5/16/14
Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from class (W on transcript)               
6/29/14
Proctor Updates due to Registrars                                                              
7/14/14
Last Day of Class                                                                                     
7/28/14
Finals Exams due to Instructors  
8/4/14
Grades Available                                                            
8/12/14

JUNE 2014 - 8 week Term
Registration Opens                                                                                   
4/22/14
Financing Deadline (short term payment plan sign-up closes)                        
5/26/14
Registration/Payment Deadline                                                                 
6/9/14
First Day of Class                                                                                    
6/16/14
Last Day to Add a Class                                                                           
6/20/14
Last Day to Drop a Course (no W on transcript)                                            
6/27/14
Last Day for any Refund or to Withdraw from class (W on transcript)               
7/13/14
Proctor Updates due to Registrars                                                              
7/28/14
Exams sent to Proctors 8/4/14
Last Day of Class                                                                                     
8/11/14
Final Exams due to Instructors                                                                   
8/17/14
Grades Available                                                                                    
8/25/14

Term Dates 2014-2015

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All courses are 3 credits, unless specified otherwise. For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

This is a preliminary list, courses are subject to change.

Graduate Courses
Prerequisite
Course Number Course Title
Term  
THEO 500 The Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism
(8 week course)
Sept, Nov, Jan, Mar, May, Jul

Course Number Course Title
Term  
CHIST 562 Church History, Part I Sept
CHIST 563 Church History, Part II May
ENG 500 Graduate Writing Skills - CORE  (.5 credits) Sept, May
ENG 501 Graduate Research Skills - CORE  (.5 credits) Jan
LATIN 501
Latin I
Sept
LATIN 502 Latin II Jan
PHIL 508 Philosophy for Theology May
PHIL 534
Philosophy of the Human Person
Sept
RELED 550 Principles of Ecclesial Service May
SCRPT 514 Theology of Scripture May
SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations Jan
SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St John May
SCRPT 576
Letters of St. Paul
Sept
SPIR 505 Survey of Catholic Spirituality Jan
THEO 510 Revelation and Faith: Fundamental Theology - CORE Jan
THEO 551 Theology of the Sacraments - CORE Jan
THEO 560 Fundamental Moral Theology Jan
THEO 584 The Modern Crisis of Values and the Catholic Mind May
THEO 617
The Evidence for God from Contemporary Physics and Philosophy
Sept
THEO 631
Introduction to Christology - CORE
Sept, May
THEO 641 Theology of the Church - CORE
Sept, May
THEO 642 Catholic Apologetics Jan
THEO 645 The Role of the Laity and the New Evangelization Jan

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All courses are 3 credits, unless specified otherwise. For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

This is a preliminary list, courses are subject to change.

Undergraduate Courses

Course Number Course Title
Term  
BIO 150 Nutrition Jan
CHIST 314 Church History I May
CHIST 324
Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church
Sept
ECON 105 Elements of Economics May
ENG 100 Undergraduate Writing Skills - CORE (1.5 credits)
Sept, May
ENG 101 Undergraduate Research Skills - CORE (1.5 credits) Jan
HUM 171 Western Civilization, Part I Jan
HUM 271 Western Civilization, Part II May
LATIN 101 Latin I Sept
LATIN II Latin II Jan
PHIL 305 Introduction to Plato & Aristotle -CORE
Sept, May
SCRPT 303
Survey of the Old Testament - CORE
Sept
SCRPT 306 Survey of the New Testament - CORE Jan
SCRPT 310 Reading Scripture Theologically - CORE (8 week course) Nov, Mar, Jul
SPIR 305 Introduction to Catholic Spirituality (8 week course) Nov, Jul
THEO 101 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part I Sept, May
THEO 102 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part II
Jan, Jul
THEO 103 Ethics & Morality (8 week course) Mar
THEO 301 Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine- CORE (8 week course) Jan, May
THEO 313 God, Man and the Universe - CORE (8 week course) Nov, Mar, Jul
THEO 332 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior - CORE
(8 week course)
Sept, Jan, May
THEO 342
The Four Constitutions of Vatican II - CORE
(8 week course)
Sept, Jan, May
THEO 353 Sacraments: Masterworks of God - CORE
Sept, Mar
THEO 412 Catholic Apologetics Jan
THEO 418 Introduction to Thomas Aquinas Jan
THEO 466 Catholic Fundamental Moral Theology, Part A - CORE (8 week course)
Sept, May
THEO 467 Catholic Fundamental Moral Theology, Part B - CORE (8 week course)
Jan, Jul

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Jacob, His Family and Yours

August 4- August 25, 2014

Here is a great way to study the impact of a Biblical Family for your own spiritual life!   This seminar
will explore the life of the Patriarch Jacob and his twelve sons in a unique and fascinating manner—one that will capture the attention of your mind, heart, and faith journey.  In fact—the book of Genesis will never be the same after experiencing this approach to a well-known story.

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Vatican II:  Lay Spirituality

August 11- September 1, 2014

Discover one of the great spiritual treasures of the Church when you take this seminar!  Lay People will find some of the gems to apply in their understanding of lay life and of the Church.  This seminar will highlight the Constitution on the Church, the Decree on the Laity, and the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.  After completing this seminar you will have a more profound spiritual life and you will understand the Church better too!

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What Catholics Should Know About Islam

September 15 - October 6, 2014

This seminar provides participants with historical facts and basic principles needed to address confidently the Catholic encounter with the Muslim community and to judge the effectiveness of on-going dialogue.  Learn to identify the commonalities and major differences between Christianity and Islam.  Become more familiar with the historical issues involved, and discuss the many facets of contemporary Catholic-Islamic relations in the pursuit of truth and peace.

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