Theology 201: Mystery of the Trinity

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In Theology 201: Mystery of the Trinity, having viewed salvation history as a whole through the inspired record of that history and having considered how the science of theology emerges and develops from divine rev- elation given in both Scripture and Tradition (THL 101102), we are ready to begin a more systematic study of the Catholic faith. Since God is the source and goal of everything else, the present course focuses on the existence and attributes of God Himself, leading into the central mystery of our Faith, the Most Holy Trinity. With the Gospel of St. John as our portal, we enter into God’s disclosure of His inner life: the Divine Persons and their missions.

This three credit course primarily focuses on careful reading of the Gospel of John, read from scrolls and then systematic argumentation and processing through St. Thomas Aquinas's Compendium Theologiae.

Materials Used

  • Gospel of John
  • Arius, Thalia, "Letter to Eusebius of Nicodemia", "Letter to Alexander of Alexandria"
  • Alexander of Alexandria, "Letter to Alexander of Thessalonica"
  • Church Councils, Council of Antioch, Ecumenical Councils of Nicea I, Constantinople I, Florence; "Athanasian Creed"
  • St. Gregory Nazianzen, Theological Orations III–V
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Compendium Theologiae , Summa Theologiae
  • Leo XIII, "Divinum Illud Munus"

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