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Courses

MACS 600. CATHOLIC THOUGHT AND CULTURE THROUGH THE AGES
An interdisciplinary exploration of the wisdom of the Catholic tradition expressed through works of intellect and imagination from the beginning of the Church up to contemporary times. Classics in literature, art, theology, philosophy, music, the sciences, and/or architecture are discussed. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the integrity of the grounding Catholic vision and on tracing the unified development and expansion of that vision over time. Three credits

MACS 610. CATHOLIC BIBLICAL STUDIES
What is a Catholic approach to the study of the Bible? The course will begin with the Church’s teaching on biblical interpretation as contained in such documents as Divino Afflante Spiritu, Dei Verbum, and “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.” Selected texts from the Old and New Testaments will then be studies using the Catholic Church’s approach to biblical interpretation in contrast to fundamentalism. Three credits

MACS 620. CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY
An exploration of the relationship between religious experience and theological reflection as seen in the works of outstanding spiritual writers of the Catholic tradition, including St. Benedict, St. Francis and St. Clare, St. John Baptist de La Salle. This will include attention to prayer, forms of spirituality, and asceticism. Three credits

MACS 630. GOD AND HUMAN PERSON
An investigation of the Catholic doctrine of the human person in relation to God, including topics such as creation and fall, sin and grace, justification and sanctification, and eschatological fulfillment. Three credits

MACS 640. CHRISTOLOGY
Understanding the person, presence and mission of Christ in Scripture, doctrine and dogma and in contemporary theology. Three credits

MACS 650. THEOLOGY OF SACRAMENTS AND WORSHIP
An examination of the historical development of sacramental life in the Church and theological reflection on the sacraments. This will include contemporary approaches to the theology of sacraments, especially in relation to Christology and ecclesiology. Three credits

MACS 660. MORAL THEOLOGY
A study of the foundations of the Christian moral life, including freedom and moral agency, moral norms and moral reasoning, the place of scripture, tradition, and authority in the moral life, virtues and development of moral character. Three credits

MACS 670. CATHOLIC Social Ethics
Critical analysis of the Biblical and theological foundations for Catholic social teaching and the teachings of the Catholic Church on matters such as war and peace; the rights and duties of states and citizens; the rights, duties, and obligations of members of a family; the rights, duties, and obligations of parents with respect to their children. Three credits

MACS 680. CATHOLICISM AND OTHER FAITH TRADITIONS
Drawing upon the teachings of Vatican II and other ecclesial documents, this course will explore the relationship between Catholicism and other faith traditions, both Christian and non-Christian. Three credits

MACS 690. ECCLESIOLOGY AND MINISTRY
A consideration of the nature and structure of the Catholic Church, including its apostolic origins, the Church as communion and sacrament, magisterium and authority, the relation of the local and universal Church, evangelization, ministry and mission. Students will reflect upon their ministry plans/work in relation to the Church’s mission. Three credits

MACS 699. THESIS
The thesis is a substantial revision and development of a term paper written for a different course in the program. Students are advised and graded jointly by the director and professor for whom they originally wrote the paper. Three credits