St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto

MTS Courses

Systematic and Moral Theology

  • SAT1101H - Foundations of Theology: Introduction to theology and the elements of Christian theology. Revelation, Faith, Tradition, Church doctrine, infallibility, Biblical Inspiration.
  • SAT2223H – The Christian God: Belief: Today’s Issue – Religion and secularization; emerging religious consciousness; future of Christianity; cultivation of religious experience; healing and creating; Tripersonal God; Son and Spirit. Divine missions.
  • SAT2242H – Christology: Answering Jesus’ questions: “Who do people say I am?”. Course uses Old Testament expectations, New Testament data, Conciliar definitions and contemporary issues.
  • SAT2600H – Theological Anthropology: Exploration of the following themes in the light of Christian revelation: creation, community, body and soul, humanity as male and female, sin, grace, eschatology.
  • SAT2401H - Ecclesiology: Mystery of the Church in Scripture and Tradition. Dimensions of the visible Church (holiness, unity, catholicity, apostolicity) in contemporary understanding.
  • SAT2433H – Sacraments: Theological reflection on the sacramental life of the Church in the context of worship and education in Sacramentality.
  • SAT1905H – Moral Theology: Introduction to Catholic moral theology: Scripture, tradition, natural law; faith and morality; moral norms and virtue; conscience and magisterium.
  • SAT3932H – Human Sexuality & Marriage:Basis of sexuality and marriage in a Christian context and selected issues in these fields. Fundamental Christian Ethics.

Scripture and Church History

  • SAB1003H – Introduction to the Old Testament: Introduction to the Old Testament and its three main units (Law, Prophets, Sapiential Books). Introduction to the biblical world and principles of biblical interpretation through the study of selected passages.
  • SAB1081H– Introduction to New Testament Hermeneutics:Survey of New Testament world, authors, theologies. Introduction to the historical-critical and other methods of Exegesis. Focus on the relation of hermeneutic to Christian Theological traditions; determining the senses of Scripture, the intent of the author, the structures in the texts; stance of the reader.
  • SAH2224H – Church Encounters 20thC Culture: Sketches 6 major cultural challenges facing the Church, 1900-1960. Explores the official responses from the Magisterium, and a few individual attempts to find living solutions to these problems, leading up to Vatican II. 
  • SAH2420H – History of Christianity to 1600: An exploration of the roots of early Christian communities, the Constantinian era, church councils, cultural pluralism and Eastern churches, the investiture controversy, the medieval parish, conciliar development, early reform, and Protestant Reformers.
  • SAH2427H – History of Christianity Since the 17 th Century: An exploration of the roots of Catholic Reformers. 17 th Century missions and science, the French Revolution, papal reaction. Christian Democracy, nouvelle theologique, Vatican II, and the Canadian Church.

Optional Core Courses and Electives

  • SAT3850H – Christianity & World Religions [Optional Core/Elective] : Studying the forms of Religious awakenings in the great religions of the world, the course is meant to show both a way to deepen our own religious experience, and a pathway to interfaith dialogue. The focus will be on the Scriptures, traditions and practices in these religions.
  • SAT3926H – Social Justice [Optional Core/Elective]: Exploration in historical perspective of major themes in the Catholic Church’s social doctrine by reading of magisterial documents in seminars. Relationships of ecclesiology and justice issues, and to crisis in contemporary Catholic social thought.
  • SAT2601H – Ecumenism [Optional Core/Elective]: Explores historical sources of division among Christian churches, origins of the modern ecumenical movement, the commitment of the Roman Catholic Church to Christian unity, growing agreement in sacramental life. Special attention to implications for catechesis and pastoral care of inter-church families.
  • SAP1541H– Global Families in the Canadian Home, Parish & School [Elective]: Family structures and dynamics in diverse cultures worldwide and in the history of the west, in the light of Catholic teachings on marriage and family, integrated with socio-anthropological analysis.
  • SAP3256H – Spirituality and the Catholic Educator [Optional Core/Elective]:Importance for the Catholic educator of attentiveness to the spiritual in oneself and others. Historical and contemporary understandings and expressions of spirituality as a lived reality. Spiritual formation in the post-modern age. Contributions of the modern theologians, including Rahner and Lonergan.
  • SAP3257H - Spirituality of Work: Faith Life in Your Profession [Optional Core/Elective]: Drawing from the premise that work in general and professional practice engenders spirituality, this course will assist the participants in configuring and growing into their respective and distinctive spiritualities in the light of Christian tradition and as lived in contemporary North American culture.
  • SAP3606H - Lay Ministry in the Diocesan Church [Diploma in Lay Ministry Requirement/Elective for MRE/MTS/Diploma in Theological Studies]: This course is rooted in an ever-deepening awareness that all Christians are, by Baptism, incorporated into the people of God, and all of them “in their own way share the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of Christ” as they carry out their mission in the Church (Lumen Gentium #31).  This course seeks to enable those who are ready to respond to the call of ministry with an appreciation of what this means and guide them to find their place in the servant Church of Christ.
  • SAT1711H – Introduction to Thomas Aquinas [Elective]:Introduction to 13th century theologian Thomas Aquinas, the most influential Catholic theologian of the last millennium. We start by looking at Aquinas' program of remaking Christian theology in light of the best philosophy and science of his day. Then we examine his philosophical theology, his views on creation, human nature, human knowing (epistemology) and human action (ethics).

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