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Theology Courses

Theology I - Catholicism
9th Grade
Full Year - 1 credit

Theology I provides students the foundations of the basic beliefs of Catholicism. Following the divisions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the course is divided into four units: Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer. Through discussion, analysis of texts and primary source materials, and art and composition activities, students examine how God is calling them to be saints, living holy lives in today's world.

Theology II - Sacred Scripture
10th Grade
Full Year - 1 credit

This course begins with an introduction to the Bible through an examination of its inspiration, development, and literary forms. The course then moves to an in-depth study of Genesis: the beginnings of humanity and faith as understood by the ancient Hebrews throughout the Old Testament. In the New Testament, students focus on the Gospels and gain a deeper understanding of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through Christ's teachings, students learn how to live a life of virtue and are encouraged to examine their own faith in light of the class material and discussions.

Theology III - Morality
11th Grade
Full Year - 1 credit

Theology III introduces students to the moral framework to aid in real life decision-making. Students look at the basis of law in the Old and New Testaments, focusing on the 10 Commandments and the Beatitudes; discuss proper formation of conscience; and explore the nature of sin and conversion. Through discussion, reading of texts and a primary source materials, art and composition activities, and analysis of movies and videos, students examine the issues that confront them in society today. These include such topics as the sacredness of all human life, justice and Catholic social teachings, and respect for God's creation.

Theology IV - The History of the Catholic Church
12th Grade
Full Year - 1 credit

This course introduces students to the Church's history from apostolic times to the present. In this course, students learn about the Church's 2,000 years of history and about how the Church, founded by Christ through the Apostles and sustained by Him through the Holy Spirit, is led and governed by the successors of the Apostles. The students come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today and, as such, has both divine and human elements. Students increase their observational, critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills.