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TITLE Christian Perspectives on the Human Person

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION This study-unit reflects the human person in the light of the perspectives provided by Christian faith. This reflection will focus on:

a) the dignity of human beings who created in the image of God and called to be stewards of God’s creation stand in relationship with God and with one another;

b) their sexuality as God’s gift to creation as well as that element that characterizes their identity as male and female; and

c) the institution of marriage as envisioned by God.

Study-unit Aims:

- providing the Roman Catholic teachings on the dignity of the human person, sexuality and marriage; and

- highlighting how these beliefs contrast with other positions regarding human nature and marriage.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- elucidate the basic Christian beliefs regarding human persons, sexuality and marriage; and

- compare and contrast these beliefs with other theories and teachings regarding human nature.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- determine where theories and teachings regarding human persons, sexuality and marriage follow, are parallel to or differ from the Roman Catholic teachings.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Rahner, K. Foundations of Christian Faith. London 1978

Browning, D.S. & Cooper T.D., Religious Thought and the Modern Psychologies. A Critical Conversation in the Theology of Culture. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, (2nd ed.)2004

Gonzalez, M.A. Created in God's Image, An Introduction to Femminist Theological Anthropology. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis 2007

John Paul II. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 2006

Ladaria, Luis. Antropologia teologica. 3rd Ed. Casale Monferrato: Piemme, 2002

Pannenberg, W. Anthropology in Theological Perspective. Edinburgh 1985

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Citta del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana: 2004

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Research Paper Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Adrian Father Attard

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