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. Students will be prepared to continue their faith journeys with a spirituality that appreciates and integrates the virtues of head, heart, and hand. 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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  • Introduction to Biblical Studies - Pentateuch (TH101: Grade 7)

    This one-term course is an introduction to Biblical study. The course focuses on the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, as our oldest family stories. After an introduction to the Bible’s history and development, students will concentrate on important men and women of the Bible. Emphasis is placed on the continuing relevance of these stories in their lives today. Throughout the course, students will learn key strategies for understanding and interpreting scripture as God’s love letter to all of humanity. Two hours of community service are required.
  • Introduction to Biblical Studies - Gospels (TH102: Grade 7)

    This one-term course focuses on the person of Jesus Christ as presented in the Gospels. This study of the four Gospels will help students to develop an understanding of Jesus’ message as well as its relevance to their lives today. Gospel ethics will be used to address contemporary issues. Two hours of community service are required.
  • Church History – Catholic (TH201: Grade 8)

    This one-term course will introduce the student to the history of their family of faith [the Church]. It covers the period from Pentecost to the present day including the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Marists. Special attention is paid to the people and events that have shaped the Church over time. 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. 
  • Eucharist, Morality, and Justice – Catholic (TH203: Grade 8)

    This one-term course will explore the meaning of Eucharistic living: what it means to be the Body of Christ. With special attention to young adolescent faith formation, students will learn about the Eucharist and how morality and justice are requirements of discipleship with Jesus. Three hours of community service are required. 
  • Communion, Morality, and Justice – Other Than Catholic (TH204: Grade 8)

    This one-term course will explore the meaning of community and what it means to be the Body of Christ. With special attention to young adolescent faith formation, students will learn how various Christian denominations celebrate Communion 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 course is designed to help students understand the Hebrew Scriptures and their significance to Christianity. Students in this course become familiar with the history and the struggles of the Jewish people and their relationship with God. Four hours of community service are required for this course.
  • Christian Scriptures (TH302: Grade 9)

    This one-term course examines the life and teachings of Jesus and the early Christian faith as recorded in the Christian New Testament. Students study the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the letters of St. Paul, and will be introduced to the Catholic (“Universal”) Epistles, and The Book of Revelation.
  • Christian Morality (TH401: Grade 10)

    This one-term course is a basic course in Christian morality centering on the theme of right and wrong. Topics include a basic understanding of morality, conscience, law, ethical teachings of Jesus and the Church, sexuality, respect for life, and social justice issues. The process of moral decision making is applied to real life experiences in the light of Christian moral principles. Five hours of service are required.
  • Overview of Catholicism (TH402: Grade 10)

    This one-term course will explore the teachings of the Catholic Church, including beliefs about the Trinity and the Church as articulated in the Apostles Creed, encounters with Jesus through the seven Sacraments, and the prayer life of the Church. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. Ten 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 (TH552: Grades 11-12)

    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 an introduction to the theology of Mary, the Mother of God, and her relationship with Jesus, Son of God. It is also an introduction to the spirituality of the Society of Mary, the congregation whose history, spirit, and philosophy of education animate Marist School and similar schools throughout the world. Students will examine the nature of Marian spirituality and the prayer, ministry, and religious significance of those societies and organizations that call themselves “Marist.”
  • Morality and Medicine (TH550: Grades 11-12)

    This one-term course explores the morality of contemporary medical issues, including Stem Cell Research, Human Cloning, Selling Body Parts, and Human Experimentation. 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.
  • The Spiritual Practice of Prayer (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.
  • Summer Leadership Seminar (TH560: Grades 11-12)

    In partnership with Marist School, Catholic Charities Atlanta (CCA) will provide and intensive leadership development program for one week in June 2016. Using the servant leadership model, distinguished leaders from Metro Atlanta will share their real-life experience of what it takes to lead in both the non-profit and for-profit world. The course also includes direct service that will complete the annual community service requirement.

    This course counts as a five-hour elective.
  • 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 sexuality. 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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