THEO 618. Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas

3 credit course

This is a cross-listed undergraduate and graduate course that introduces students to the theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). Pope John Paul II said that: “the Church has been justified in consistently proposing St. Thomas as a master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology." So it is very helpful for students who are studying theology to have tackled a tiny bit of his writings. The course will very gently take the student into a few of Thomas’ articles on the theology of God, Man and virtue, Jesus Christ and the Sacraments. To keep it simple, this course will not analyze the objections that he treats. Thomas has a great method for thinking theologically―so essential in today’s world. He begins with a concrete illustration of what he is dealing with and then draws a few principles from this example.

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