Theology

Intellectual and Spiritual Formation

Through a curriculum of intellectual and spiritual formation, the Theology Department seeks to prepare graduates to celebrate, proclaim, and live the Good News of Jesus Christ. Students will build on a foundation of critical and prayerful engagement with Sacred Scripture, the rich heritage of Catholic Tradition along with an appreciation for other religious traditions, and the Gospel mandates of peace, justice, and service, especially to the marginalized. The department aims to form students into graduates who, like Mary, can offer themselves -- mind, body, and spirit -- in response to God's gracious gift of Jesus Christ.

Courses

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  • Marist Way (TH104: Grade 7)

    This course is designed to introduce 7th grade students to the mission, history, and spirituality of the Society of Mary and by connection, Marist School. According to the Marists, the means in which we can come to know Jesus, deeply, intimately, and permanently is to become more and more like his Mother, Mary. Fr. Jean Claude Colin challenges us to “make the whole world Marist,” and one step on that journey is for students to understand that Marist is more than a college-preparatory school in Atlanta, Georgia. “Marist” is a way of being, with a deep history in Atlanta and around the world. Students will also be introduced to the notion of a unique Marist spirituality or identity within the Catholic faith. This course will serve to lay the foundation for our youngest students to “think like Mary, judge like Mary, feel, and act like Mary in all things.”
  • Introduction to Theology -- Catholic (TH105: Grade 7)

    This one-term course will help lay the foundation for our students to think theologically. Scripture, social justice, and our students’ overall beliefs will be enhanced with the knowledge of key terms, concepts, and the ability to think critically about the notions of spirituality that are presented to them in their everyday life. Two hours of community service are required.
  • Introduction to Theology - Other-than-Catholic (TH106: Grade 7)

    This one-term course will help lay the foundation for our students to think theologically. Scripture, social justice, and our students’ overall beliefs will be enhanced with the knowledge of key terms, concepts, and the ability to think critically about the notions of spirituality that are presented to them in their everyday life. Two hours of community service are required.
  • Church History – Catholic (TH201: Grade 8)

    This one-term course seeks to broaden the student’s understanding of the meaning of church. The students will study the themes and events in Christianity’s heritage and tradition from Pentecost and the early Christians through the Reformation. Three hours of community service are required.
  • Church History – Other Than Catholic (TH202: Grade 8)

    This one-term course seeks to broaden the student’s understanding of the meaning of church. The students will study the themes and events in Christianity’s heritage and tradition from Pentecost and the early Christians through the Reformation. Three hours of community service are required. 
  • Faith & Human Dignity - Catholic (TH205: Grade 8)

    This one-term course will explore what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ. With special attention to young adolescent faith formation, students will look specifically at the dignity of the human person, life issues, and how morality and justice are requirements of discipleship with Jesus. Three hours of community service are required.
  • Faith & Human Dignity – Other-than-Catholic (TH206: Grade 8)

    This one-term course will explore what it means to be member of the Body of Christ. With special attention to young adolescent faith formation, students will look specifically at the dignity of the human person, life issues, and how morality and justice are requirements of discipleship with Jesus. Three hours of community service are required.
  • Hebrew Scriptures (TH301: Grade 9)

    This one-term required course for all 9th-grade students is designed to help students understand the relationship of the Hebrew Scriptures to Christianity. Students in this course become familiar with some overarching themes of the Hebrew Scriptures, the identity and history of the Jewish people, as well as the ways God has appeared from Creation onwards. Four hours of community service are required for this course.
  • Christian Scriptures (TH302: Grade 9)

    This one-term required course for all 9th-grade students picks up where the Hebrew Scriptures course ends. We explore how Jesus connects to and emerges out of the Jewish context. This course looks at each Gospel (in particular, Mark) and examines the life and teachings of Jesus and the early Christian faith as recorded in the Christian New Testament. Students will reflect upon the relevance of God and Christianity in their own lives, lived in this present day. Four hours of community service are required for this course.
  • Christian Morality (TH401: Grade 10)

    In this required one-term course, students seek to discover who they ought to be and what they ought to do in light of the Gospel message of life. Through the lens of human dignity, students will explore their relationship with God, with themselves, and with others. Tools will be provided to help students with this life-long exploration and with the development of their conscience. Such tools include, but are not limited to, the Three-Font principle, a decision-making process, and a variety of spiritual practices. Five hours of service are required.
  • Catholic Encounters with God (TH404: Grade 10)

    This one-term course will continue to support students as they build their relationship with God. Specific focus will be on the prayer life of the student and the Church, Grace, especially as communicated through each of the seven sacraments, and study of the Trinity and the Church as articulated in the Apostles Creed. The Marist themes of being called by gracious choice and of Mary at Nazareth will be incorporated throughout the course.
  • Comparative Christianity (TH403: Grade 10)

    This one-term course attempts to define faith and religion for students through the lens of different Christian denominations. Using five different Christian churches' backgrounds, structure, beliefs, and practices as a baseline, students explore why they personally believe and act in the way they do. The course culminates with a project where students must build their own church.
  • Peace and Justice (TH501: Grade 11)

    This one-term course examines the Christian call to transform society through non-violent means. Particular emphasis is placed on contemporary social problems, explored through the lens of Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching and the call to address these problems as part of our vocation to live out the Gospel. Five hours of community service are required.
  • World Religions (TH502: Grade 11)

    This one-term course explores the variety of human responses to the divine. The faith systems, doctrine, and ritual celebration of the world's major religions are considered in order to gain understanding of a variety of religions and their cultures. The course focuses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam.
  • Faith and Gender (Girls) (TH552: Grade 12)

    This one-term course will explore the questions “Who is God?” and “What is my relationship to God?” from the perspective of women. The foundation for a specifically theological approach to these questions will be the stories of women in Scripture, Church history, and contemporary culture, and the relevance that these stories have for us today in our spiritual search for meaning.
  • Mary and Marist Way (TH554: Grades 11-12)

    This one-term course is a deeper exploration into the history and spirituality of the Society of Mary (the Marists), the congregation whose history, Spirit, and philosophy of education animate Marist School and similar schools throughout the world. Students will examine the theology of Mary and the nature of Marian spirituality. Special emphasis will be placed on building an awareness of Marist prayer and community life, as well as learning those values that makes unique those societies and organizations that call themselves “Marist.”
  • Stewardship of Privilege (TH420: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course for juniors and seniors will help students explore their own identity as made in the image of God and the privilege(s) and blessings they possess. Through the theological lenses of scripture, prayer and Marist values such as “concern for those who are often forgotten or neglected by society,” students will utilize readings, case studies, and discussion to explore the layers of privilege. With this deeper knowledge, and expanded vocabulary, they will develop a Christ-centered understanding of how to become stewards of their privilege, to build right relationships with self, others, and all of creation. Students will come to use privilege(s) and blessings through different expressions of stewardship, such as philanthropy, solidarity, advocacy, and vocation.

  • Morality and Medicine (TH550: Grades 11-12)

    This one-term course explores the morality of contemporary medical issues, including stem cell research, cloning, human experimentation, access to health care, and global public health. Through case studies, classroom discussion, and reflection, students will have opportunities to present ideas, challenge others, and engage in critical thinking as they develop their position, informed by teachings of the Catholic Church and other religious traditions, the law and writings of experts in the field of bioethics. Recommended especially for those who are considering the medical field as well as those who are interested in moral issues or debate.
    Sophomores may apply, but must have completed Christian Morality as a prerequisite.
  • Prayer and Meditation (TH556: Grades 11-12)

    This one-term course for juniors and seniors will aid students in answering the perennial question posed by the disciples when they asked Jesus to “teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). With the purpose of developing a deeper relationship with God through the experience of prayer and spiritual practices, students will explore the various ways one can converse with God, from ancient prayers spoken by Jesus in the Gospels, to those authored by saints, as well as through heartfelt and spontaneous prayer. Understanding that Jesus is the eternal Logos of God, this class also introduces prayer traditions integral to other world religions, as a means to further benefit a believer’s devotion. Finally, the course will focus on Jesus’s instruction to “pray always” (Luke 18:1) by examining how to do this through such forms as the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic Adoration, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Marian devotions as well as through meditation and contemplation. 

    Permission of the teacher is required.
  • Servant Leadership Summer Seminar (TH560: Grades 11-12)

    Catholic Charities Atlanta, The Greenleaf Institute of Servant Leadership, Atlanta business leaders provide a weeklong immersion course in servant leadership. The goal of this fun and fast-paced program is to develop servant leaders who demonstrate Catholic values of love, dignity, and caring in the workplace and in service to the least and most vulnerable among us, just as Jesus taught us in the Gospel and Mary lived her life. Students will interact with business leaders who balance success and servant leadership principles in their careers and learn firsthand what it is like to operate as a servant leader in one of Atlanta’s most successful high-tech businesses. Participants will receive one elective course credit and fulfillment of the annual community service requirement by working with Catholic Charities Atlanta staff to serve clients. Through the program, students will earn a valuable Leadership Certificate, a credential certain to provide excellent content for college application essays and interviews. There is a $500 course fee to enroll in this class.

    This course counts as a five-hour elective.
  • Who Is My Neighbor? (TH588: Grades 11-12)

    This one-term elective course will study the concept of “loving one’s neighbor.” Students will study Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Marist Way, and documents of Vatican II. Through a combination of story, study of culture, and inter-faith dialogue, the class will focus on specific people within specific marginalized groups, including immigrants, refugees, the incarcerated, the LGBT community, widows, orphans, Muslims, the disabled, and the abandoned. The class will then take acquired knowledge and turn it into an actionable project of “loving our neighbor.”
  • Christian Life Choices (TH601: Grade 12)

    In this one-term senior morality course, students will explore the personal dimension of their vocational call in life, and how they respond through the choices they make as they move on to college and beyond. Students will become familiar with decision making and discernment strategies through the lens of Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. Case studies will enable students to consider personal and societal issues, including a special focus on human relationships. Discussions about vocation will consider the call to the single lifestyle, marriage, and religious life. Twelve hours of community service are required. 
  • Synthesis of Catholic Belief (TH602: Grade 12)

    This one-term course will facilitate the student’s movement from knowledge about God to a personal understanding of the nature of God as revealed in Jesus Christ with the resulting consequences of living the Christian life both in actions and choices. The goal of the course is to have students understand and live Catholic Christianity now and in the future. 

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An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers