RELS 473 CP, The Theology of Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Mondays, 6 pm to 9 pm

RELS 473 CP, The Theology of Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II (3 sem. hrs.)

This course takes an in-depth look at the theological vision of two very influential Catholic theologians of the second Christian millennium: St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II. The main features of St. Thomas’s synthesis of Christian thought, especially as found in his great Summa Theologiae, is explored. This is followed by an examination of the “personalist” Thomism of Pope John Paul II, and his program for the renewal of the Catholic Faith, especially as found in selected encyclicals and apostolic letters. The vision and world view of St. Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II are presented as significant and enduring achievements of Christian thought.

St. John Paul II developed a characteristic Personalist Thomism which integrates specific insights from contemporary philosophy (Phenomenology). He also developed theological views through which, drawing inspiration from Aquinas’ insights and the whole Tradition of the Church, he wanted to show the truth and beauty of the faith to men and women of our times. Explore some of John Paul's theological motifs, both theoretical and practical. Among the theoretical, you will discover John Paul’s views concerning Christian humanism and of the Church as communion; among the practical, you will study topics such as the evangelization of culture, technology, and the role of the youth in the world and in the Church. Not without reason, John Paul carried on a number of initiatives in connection with these issues, such as that of World Youth Day.

    Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or equivalent with permission of instructor. (3-0; 0-0)

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • The course meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

    All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

    CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate.