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24-02 In God's Image: The Mystery of Creation is a Course

24-02 In God's Image: The Mystery of Creation

Feb 26, 2024 - Apr 5, 2024

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Full course description

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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.

Course Content

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

Course Format

  • 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.

Participation Requirements

  • 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.

Time Expectations

3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.

Course Certificate

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