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Created by Dr. John Cavadini, a Notre Dame Theology Professor, In God's Image: The Mystery of Creation provides a theological introduction to one of the core doctrines of the Christian faith, the doctrine of creation. The course:
- provides students with knowledge of the basic elements of the doctrine of creation as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church;
- introduces students to theological reflection on this doctrine, both ancient and contemporary, in order to acquire a better sense of the meaning and significance of this doctrine; and
- provides a sense of the richness of the tradition as a resource for catechists in their work of instructing others in the faith.
Unit 1: The Doctrine of Creation in the Creed, Catechism and in Scripture
Unit 2: Challenges to the Doctrine of Creation: The Problem of Evil
Unit 3: Creation in Ancient Eastern Christian Tradition: St. Irenaeus
Unit 4: Creation in Ancient Western Christian Tradition: St. Augustine
Unit 5: The Significance of the Doctrine of Creation in the Contemporary World
- Six weeks in duration; first week for orientation.
- Up to 20 students in each course.
- Video lectures with text transcripts available.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (200-250) required.
- Facilitator-moderated weekly Zoom sessions with participants.
- View or read the lecture for each unit.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussions.
- Answer weekly discussion question.
- Respond to weekly unit assignment.
- Attend weekly Zoom for each unit. If you cannot attend, you can still meet the participation requirements.
- Complete the course evaluation.
3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
An electronic certificate of completion awarding 30 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.
Area: Catholic Doctrine
Course Begins: February 2024