Teachers Classroom - Theology Department
Theology I, II, III and IV
||Mariesha Cruz-San Nicolas|
|Theology I & II
||Theology III/Theology IV
Theology I: This course covers the basic teachings of the Catholic Church rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. It discusses the Sacraments, the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Old & New Testament, and Catechism of the Catholic Church as main resources of the textbook. The Catechism sources provide a deeper insight on the different topics presented within the text. They are important sources for discussion and basis of the traditional and scriptural teachings of the Church.
Theology II: Students are presented with the events and time periods of the different journeys of God’s chosen people. This study further develops stories from the Book of Genesis, stories about God’s creation and promises, the Torah or the Pentateuch, the Covenant on Sinai, The Kings of Israel, the Prophets, the exile and return from exile to the birth of Jesus, the birth of the Church and early Christians. Students will learn to: locate biblical selections from citations; see connections between the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible; understand the importance of Scripture and oral traditions; recognize that God authored Scripture through sacred writers inspired by the Holy Spirit; realize the importance of literary techniques in Scripture; know Salvation History is the story of God’s plan of salvation unfolding over time; and recognize the Church’s role as an interpreter of Scripture. Prerequisite: Theology I.
Theology III: Junior Theology encompasses Catholic Church history. This course focuses on the major concepts regarding the Catholic Church’s historical doctrines that are consistent with the teachings in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This course covers the origins of the Church, the martyrdom of the early Christians, and the different councils that came about. Additionally, this course includes topics on how the Church was divided and how it endured through the millenniums. This course also covers different exercises that will benefit students’ learning of the course itself. Prerequisite: Theology II.
Theology IV: Our Moral Life in Christ focuses on the intellectual, moral, and formational development in living a life joined to the Mystery of our Lord. This foundation affords the Christian with the only true alternative to a world, which often, rejects the spiritual and substitutes its own kind of convenience for that which is “right” and “true.” The foundation of the course is Christ and His Church. Our Moral Life in Christ is the culmination of the four-year theology curriculum of NDHS. Students having successfully completed the courses in Introduction to Catholicism, Understanding the Scripture, and The History of the Church, are now challenged to integrate the cumulative knowledge of the first three years with the invitation to live moral lives in Christ. Our Moral Life in Christ presents the moral theology of Catholicism. With its emphasis on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals Veritatis Splendor and Fides et Ratio. It provides students with the knowledge necessary to live a moral life and a foundation to pursue more advanced theological studies. Prerequisite: Theology III.