THEOLOGY

112 — H THEOLOGY 1       1 CREDIT 

114 — CP THEOLOGY 1     1 CREDIT 

The students begin their formal theological inquiry by first acquiring the skills of abstract and logical thought. They simultaneously are made familiar with the importance of prayer and spirituality in the life of a Christian. These newly acquired skills are then put to work as we further our understanding of Jesus of Nazareth, the Old Testament expectations and the New Testament’s appreciation of the advent of the Lord. The study of Christology then is blended with the study of Scripture and Church Tradition in uniquely critical and specifically Roman Catholic manner. Some time will also be spent considering some key errors in understanding the Scriptures, especially the problem of Fundamentalism. Scriptural topics involving student presentations, portfolios, guest speakers, and library research will supplement the Honors curriculum. 

 

122 — H THEOLOGY 2       1 CREDIT 

124 — CP THEOLOGY 2     1 CREDIT 

Sophomore Theology is devoted to the study of the Sacraments, Prayer, Liturgy, and Catholic Moral Teaching. The student is given the opportunity to enrich his/her faith not only by learning about the Catholic life of prayer; but also by participating in the prayer and liturgical life of the Catholic Church. Sophomore Theology also addresses the moral consequences of our faith in Jesus and His Gospel. This portion of the course teaches the message of Christ and the implications of our faith as expressed in church documents, with regard to the virtuous and holy use of sexuality. 

Formation of conscience, accepted Catholic moral principles as well as Christ’s teaching of chastity both within and outside of marriage is emphasized. The Diocesan “Recommendations for Education in Chastity” written by The Task Force on Chastity and John Paul II’s “Catechesis on Human Love” provide the resources that are employed in the course. Additional reading and research of the history and theology of the Sacraments and Mass, moral concerns of sexuality and respect for life, and current spiritual issues with guest speakers will highlight the Honors curriculum. 

Pre-requisite: Minimum average of 95% in CP Theo 1 or 85% in H Theo 1. Departmental approval is required. 

 

132 — H THEOLOGY 3       1 CREDIT 

134 — CP THEOLOGY 3     1 CREDIT 

Junior Theology is divided into two one-semester courses. In one-semester students consider the history of Christianity. Beginning with its evolvement from Judaism, the course examines the major contributions made to western civilization by the Roman Catholic Church. Through case study work, lecture, videos, and discussion, the student is challenged to consider his or her role in this on-going and dynamic life called Catholic Christianity. The other semester is a return to moral theology. The students now consider the ramifications of their faith with regard to Social Justice. How can the teachings of the Gospel create a just society and promote social harmony among people and nations. The course highlights the social teachings of the Popes from the past century, Vatican II, and pastoral letters of the American bishops. Topics include a living wage and rights of workers, just war and the pursuit of peace, abortion, capital punishment, sexism, racism, the rights and the dignity of the human person in the third world. Honors students will explore primary text materials of patristic, scholastic, and monastic sources, as well as modern church documents of social justice. 

Pre-requisite: Minimum average of 95% in CP Theo 2 or 85% in H Theo 2. Departmental approval is required. 

 

142 — H THEOLOGY 4       1 CREDIT 

144 — CP THEOLOGY 4     1 CREDIT 

 

Semester 1: APOLOGETICS 

This course aims to help the student to be able to "give a reason for the hope that is in you," and intended to challenge the student in the development toward a mature faith. Every Catholic has the duty to investigate the reasonableness of the faith and be prepared to explain it to others. Through the study the philosophical and rational basis of the faith, in conjunction with the study of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, the student will be sufficiently prepared to defend and explain the Truth of the Catholic Church. Students will also be introduced to Ecumenism in order to understand the disunity between the Catholic Church, Orthodox and Christian denominations, which is contrary to the will of Christ and seek the healing of these divisions via dialogue. 

 

Semester 2: CHRISTIAN VOCATIONS 

Each one of us is called by God to be in community. This call is a call to life and service, the framework for which has been traditionally understood for us as Catholics in the context of priesthood, religious life, single life or married life. This course will therefore, set out all of these states of life in the context of the Gospel mandate to love “as God first loved us”. We will focus on our vocation as beatitude. Students will examine among other things human relationships and sexuality and their proper integration. Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body will serve as inspiration for that discussion. Lastly, students will be given the chance to consider their call to profession, particularly as it relates to the discovery of their natural talents. The call to commit to family values and the importance of the Catholic family as schools of virtue and charity will underline all of our work. 

The Honors Senior Theology curriculum will include but not be limited to [1] leading the class in power point presentations that discuss the subject matter of our texts, and [2] leadership of a class presentation, discussion and term paper based on assigned portions of CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity. 

Pre-requisite: Minimum average of 95% in CP Theo 3 or 85% in H Theo 3. Departmental approval is required. 

 

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ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE HEART OF ALLENTOWN SINCE 1926