TMHC 8073 Introduction to Thomas Aquinas (Spring: 3 )
This course provides an introduction to the theology of Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) in its historical, intellectual, and institutional contexts, with a focus on reading and understanding the primary texts of Thomas (in English translation). The course considers Thomas’s treatment of central theological topics including the nature and extent of theology, the status and interpretation of Sacred Scripture, the existence and essence of God, divine providence and predestination, God’s triune nature, creation, human nature, evil and sin, grace and its effects, merit, faith and its relationship to reason, the Incarnation, Christ’s passion and death, His resurrection and ascension, and the sacraments. Throughout attention will be given to Thomas’s assumptions and working method as a scholastic master and the uses he makes of various authorities (scriptural, patristic, philosophical, etc.) in the development of his theology.
Instructor(s): Franklin Harkins
Last Updated: 08-Feb-16