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Theology 3


History of the Church


Dr. Florencia Maldia

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Course Overview

    This comprehensive history of the Catholic Church includes every major event in the Church’s history from the life of her founder, Jesus Christ, to the present day. This text places the Church in her context throughout history and explains the role that the Church and her leaders have played in the shaping of history for better and worse. The History of the Church is a critical historical resource for Catholic and non-Catholic historians alike.

Course Objectives

    Through class readings, discussions, various assignments, internet research and assorted  student projects, we will gain knowledge of Holy Mother Church, from the formation of her ecclesial structure and doctrinal principles, to the fundamental impact She has had on the world at large.  In this course, the student will understand the pivotal role the Church has played in the development of the values, ideas, science, laws, and institutions which exemplify what we call Western civilization. The history and nature of the Church is studied from a perspective of faith in the Holy Spirit’s guiding presence throughout the ages.

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Describe what kind of person they are today and what kind of person they want to become

  2. Explain the Christian vision of morality based on the teachings of Jesus Christ

  3. Identify various “helps”- resources along the way on their life’s journey

  4. Listen, observe and think critically about the influences of mass media and peer pressures.

  5. Ponder and discuss the consequences of decision making through analyses of moral thinking and ethical actions.

  6. Recognize and protect the humanity of all people- the unborn and the aged, the infirmed and the disabled, and the marginalized and the popular, etc.

  7. Develop positive and healthy human relationships by applying the Christian virtues if wise judgment, justice, courage, honesty, compassion, respect, and love.

  8. Understand and appreciate the development of Catholic Christian doctrine and how it applies to the Universal Church

  9. Articulate the teachings of the Church by utilizing both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

  10. Develop a love and respect for Catholicism.