Fall 2017 Special Course Offering

11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Mon. & Wed., Walnut Grove Campus

Dr. Andrew Klager, Tuition: $650 plus textbooks. Registration fee of $100 will be waived. 

Course Description

Explore the theological, spiritual, philosophical, social, and political thought of the Latin and Greek Church Fathers from the Apostolic Fathers of the first and second century to St. John of Damascus in the middle of the eighth century. To give the development of patristic thought some context, students will also learn about the intellectual, religious, liturgical, political, and economic world in which the Church Fathers lived and wrote. Key points of interest in the course include the development of the early Christian liturgies and their theological importance, the monastic sensitivities of the patristic era, the development of the New Testament canon, the Ecumenical Councils and the Christological and Trinitarian controversies especially in the fourth and fifth centuries.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to: • Recount the intellectual, spiritual, socio-economic, and political world that shaped Christianity in ancient Rome and Byzantium up to the middle of the eighth century; • Identify and describe the key theological contributions of many of the most prominent Church Fathers; • Outline some of the major themes in patristic literature and the various shifts in emphasis of the Church Fathers depending on the context in which they wrote; • Understanding some of the major developments and processes in the patristic era that the Church Fathers were instrumental in shaping and guiding; • Interact meaningfully with and describe the relevant and more recent historiographical issues and debates surrounding the study of the Church Fathers and scholarly perspectives on their abiding legacy and implications for society and the Church today.

Fr. William Ashley, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Walnut Grove Campus

Tuition: $650 plus textbooks. Registration fee of $100 will be waived. 

An introduction to Latin grammar and basic vocabulary. Students will also have the opportunity to read, in Latin, excerpts from a variety of Latin classics drawn from the ancient world, Middle Ages, and Renaissance. The course will end with an examination of the contemporary use of Latin for professionals, Latin on the Internet, and Latin in the liturgy.

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

   • Read and understand excerpts drawn from Latin texts

   • Translate simple passages drawn from Latin texts (from Latin to English)

   • Understand, in broad strokes, the history and culture of Roman civilization

   • Understand the importance of the contemporary use of Latin in key professions (law, healthcare, pharmacology, botany)

   • Be familiar with the use of Latin on the Internet

   • Be familiar with the basic parts of the Mass in Latin

Course Details:  Declining nouns and adjectives; conjugating verbs; excerpts from Julius Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Virgil, Ovid; excerpts from the Vulgate, excerpts from Augustine, Aquinas, More; introduction to professional Latin (law, healthcare, pharmacology, botany)

Image: The Pantheon in Rome with inscription, "Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, made [this building] when consul for the third time."

Romans Go Home, Monty Python's Life of Brian, 1979, Orion Pictures/Warner Bros