Church in Consummation: Eschatology and Mariology (ThS 565)


Course Memo

ThS 565 - The Church in Consummation: Eschatology and Mariology (2 credits) An analysis of chapters VII and VIII of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, for what it says about the eschatological nature of the Church, of which the Blessed Virgin Mary is the icon. Jon Sobrino described Eschatology as “Spes quaerens intellectum” - Hope seeking understanding. The first half of the course treats the traditional four last things - death, judgment, heaven, and hell - within the larger context of the Kingdom of God as the consummation of God’s eternal plan. The second half of the course discusses the place of Mary in the mystery of Christ and of the Church by surveying the Scriptures and Christian tradition, Catholic doctrine, theological approaches, and the devotional practices of Catholics in the many cultures of the southwestern United States. The successful student in this course will meet or exceed the first objective of the master of divinity program: The student “demonstrates a complete, unified vision of the truths contained in the doctrinal, moral, and liturgical tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.” new course effective fall 2020 - kg [ also offered as a special elective in fall 2018 ]