Apr 20, 2024  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 601 - Theology of Grace

The course studies the development of the doctrine of grace, from the New Testament to Synods and Councils, as well as the writings of important theological figures and spiritual movements. Students will study the integral connection between grace and salvation, as they consider the means of grace, the nature of God and of creation in its original and fallen state, original sin and redemption, predestination and justification, growth and transfiguration in Christ, and God’s dominion and human freedom.

Prerequisites & Notes
TH 580

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 5 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board
  • Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Articulate the theology and history of the development of the doctrine of grace within the Catholic tradition.
  • Describe the post-lapsarian human condition, the consequences of the fall from original justice.
  • List the main controversies between the Catholic and Protestant understandings of original sin, grace, justification and predestination.
  • Describe the paradigms of divine indwelling, transfiguration in Christ, adoption, and theosis.
  • Examine the integral relationship that exists among grace, free will, and the Beatific Vision.
  • Analyze the efficaciousness of grace, supernatural merit, and the infused virtues and gifts.
  • Explicate the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of grace.
  • Study the role of the sacraments as a means of sanctifying grace.
  • Articulate the relationships among freedom, grace, divine foreknowledge, predestination, and perseverance.
  • Discuss the various nuances in schools of thought with regard to grace within the Catholic tradition.
  • Provide cogent critiques and defenses of popular theologies on grace and nature.
  • Describe the Four Last Things in relationship to the operations of grace. 

Credits: 3

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