St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto

Diploma in Theological Studies & Diploma in Lay Ministry Courses

Systematic and Moral Theology

  • Foundations of Theology: Man and the Church in the modern world; Godís self- revelation; revelation in the Church; the necessity and nature of theology.
  • The Christian God: The Old Testament idea of God; God as creator; evolution; Divine Providence; original sin; angels.
  • Theological Anthropology: Godís salvific will; grace, justification; merit; eschatology and protology; the coming of Christ; the resurrection of the dead; the judgment of the world; particular judgment, heaven; hell.
  • Sacraments: The sacramentality of the Church; the seven sacraments: their symbolism and institution.
  • Ecclesiology: The Church of Christ and the Church of the Spirit; an over-view of the history of ecclesiology; the structure of the Church; images of the Church; the ecclesiology of Vatican II.
  • Christology: The Jesus and the Christ; the reign of God; Jesusí words, actions, death and resurrection; the person and nature of Jesus; post-apostolic Christology.
  • Moral Theology I: Principles of morality; the meaning of moral Theology; elements of Biblical morality; human action; the human person; conscience; natural law; Christian and Catholic morality.
  • Moral Theology II: Human sexuality, its meaning and morality; sexuality outside of and within the married state; abortion; moral evaluation and counseling on sexual matters.

Scripture, History and World Religion

  • The New Testament: An introductory course which in general will look at the N.T. canon and its history; interpretation, inspiration and inerrancy; literary genres and criticisms (course, form, redaction); in particular the individual books, their author, date and structure.
  • The Old Testament: An introductory course on the canon of the Old Testament and its history; literary genres and criticisms; the individual books will be considered as to their structure, author and date.
  • Church History: An overview of the Churchís participation in history from apostolic times to the present; special emphasis will be given to the Churchís role in the world of the twentieth century.
  • World Religions: A historical and comparative view of several religious traditions; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Electives

  • Moral Theology III: The person as known by reason and by faith; the beginning of a life and a person; organ transplantation; euthanasia; decisions about prolonging life; determining death by brain criteria.
  • Family Life Education I: Theological issues in marriage and family life; physical aspects of sexual development and function; moral difficulties with a view to pastoral practice and application in Catholic Family Life Education programs.
  • Pathways to Prayer: This course attempts to provide participants with an integrated approach to prayer - cognitive, effective and practical, by way of the spiritual tradition of Christianity and facilitated by personal prayer experiences.
  • Religious Psychology: The relation between the psychological and theoretical development in individual lives; the focus of the course will aim at the age groups of the elementary and secondary schools.
  • Ecumenism: This course will examine the history of ecumenism among the Christian Churches; the role played by Vatican II in Christian Ecumenism; the present state of the dialogues and multilateral discussions among the Christian Churches.
  • Family Life Education II: This course will address the multicultural reality of the families from around the globe whom we encounter in the classroom or in pastoral ministry. The course will explore the many structural forms of families in different cultures and societies, how they function and why. The history of both theology and theories with respect to the family will be traced, with their implications both for family life education and for family-related social issues. The objective is to clarify some of the factors influencing how students and their family members receive, understand, interpret and apply the principles of the Churchís vision of relationships as transmitted in family life education and related forms of outreach.
  • Social Justice: God entrusted creation to manís stewardship; the abundance in todayís world; the inequity in the sharing of abundance; the Churchís firm stand on social justice; charity is required with its many implications in every aspect of human living.
  • Biblical Theology: The considerations in the course belong to biblical exegesis which attempts to understand and explain the individual declarations in the Old and New Testaments; New Testament theology must have among its premises a reflection on the Old Testament; the God of Israel is the Father of Jesus Christ; similarities between the Old Testament and the New are looked at as well as the dissimilarities.
  • History of Catholic Education in Ontario: Huronia in the 17th century; Bishop Macdonell in the early 19th century; the first Separate School acts before Confederation; the French-English struggle for control of schools; the Tiny Township case all the way to the Privy Council in 1927; the Catholic Taxpayersí crusade for a share of corporation taxes in the 30ís; the bombshell from the Hope Commission in the 40ís; the push for secondary school completion from the mid-60ís to the mid-80ís, Bill 30 in 1986 and the Supreme Court judgment in 1987.
  • History of the Roman Catholic Church of Canada: A survey of the history of the R.C. Church in Canada, beginning with the arrival of the first Western Europeans in French Canada and Newfoundland. The course will dwell on the organization of the Church in New France and the challenge posed by the Conquest and the developing of a pluralistic society through the 19th century to the present day. It will treat a variety of themes and persons including political and social concerns, in the Maritime provinces and the West, French-English tension, the development of a denominational school system, the relations of church and state and expansion after the 2nd World War.
  • Contextual Religious Education: A series of practical exercises that allows for hands-on preparation of specific religious teaching-learning events (e.g., biblical catechesis, values catechesis, sacramental catechesis, education for justice and peace, catechesis of ecumenical dialogue). The praxis follows after some clarification of its theoretical underpinnings. Both theory and praxis rest on the premise that creativity is not the sole property of textbook-makers but is inherent in both teacher and learner.
  • Mariology: The focus of this Marian Theology course is the Scriptural Christocentric and Ecclesiotypical Mariology emerging from Vatican II. This course will also study the contribution of the Fathers of the Church, and the rich legacy of some Marian writers prior to Vatican II, because an appreciation of the past is indispensable for an understanding of Marian Theology today. Future directions in Mariology will also be explored.


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