The Good Life: Marriage and Family Flourishing
Discover the tradition of natural law and virtue ethics in order to learn how to think fruitfully about the goods of marriage and their significance: for individual human persons as men and women, for the family, and for human societies.
The Sacramental Life: Marriage
Examine the development of the Church’s teaching on the sacrament of marriage from the witness of Scripture and Tradition through the ages to the late modern period. Special emphasis is given in this course to significant Scriptural texts from Genesis, the Gospels, and the Pauline corpus and their interpretation in the patristic and medieval Church (especially in the writings of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas); ecclesial documents; and the papal magisterium up to the writings of Pope Leo XIII.
Theology of the Body: Marriage and Family in the Modern World
Explore Pope St. John Paul II’s magisterial Theology of the Body in light of its context, origins, delivery, and reception. Counter alternative accounts of the human person and human goods emerging in late modernity and postmodernity which issued forth in the sexual revolution and pays special attention to the context and reception of magisterial documents such as Casti Connubii and Humanae Vitae as well as significant works by Pope St. John Paul II. Furthermore, students will consider the role of the Theology of the Body in evangelism and faith formation.