Welcome to Year 1 of Atrium!

OVERVIEW

This program is for Supernumeraries who have recently finished their initial formation. It is offered during specific Annual Courses (flagged as ‘ATRIUM’ in the Course Listing). It is a three year program and provides basic philosophical foundations, covering Introduction to Philosophy and Theology (Year 1), Philosophy of the Human Person (Year 2), and Ethics (Year 3). 

The word philosophy means ‘love of wisdom’. In philosophy, human reason, drawing together and drawing on all rational knowledge, searches for the ultimate causes and meaning of things, the foundation of being.

Philosophy provides the basic principles necessary to study Theology in later courses.

Year 1: Introduction to Philosophy and Theology 

The aim of this first subject is to introduce students to the nature of philosophical reflection and its working method, and learn basic philosophical principles. By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • understand the importance of philosophical reflection and its relevance for life and culture
  • understand basic principles of metaphysics
  • explain the relationship between faith and reason
  • demonstrate the existence of God using reason
  • recognise the importance of Philosophy for Theology
  • understand the sources and method of Theology
1: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Slides and Recommended Reading

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Mariano Artigas, Introduction to Philosophy, (Manila: Sinag-Tala, 2006).

Pope John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, nn. 1-6, 24-44.  VIEW

Maurice De Wulf, “Philosophy”, in The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 12, (New York: Robert Appleton, 1911). VIEW

 

2: METAPHYSICS
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Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Fides et Ratio, nn. 83-4, 95, 98.  VIEW

Randall Smith, Metaphysics and Theology, 7.5.2020  VIEW

William Turner, “Metaphysics”, in The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, (New York: Robert Appleton, 1911)VIEW

Francis Aveling, “Essence and Existence”, in The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, (New York: Robert Appleton, 1909).  VIEW  

 

 

3: FAITH AND REASON
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Thomas Aquinas’ Love for the Truth, 28.1.2020  VIEW

Giulio Maspero, God’s Nature and Action,   VIEW

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 142-167.  VIEW

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn, 25-32.  VIEW

Further Reading

Faith and Reason: Six Key Texts of Pope Benedict XVI (ebook)  VIEW

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, 14.9.1998, nn. 16-35.  VIEW

Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter, Lumen Fidei, 29.6.2013, nn. 32-36.  VIEW

Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, 24.11.2013, nn. 242-243.  VIEW

 

4: NATURAL THEOLOGY

 

 

Slides and Recommended Reading

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Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti, The Existence of God  VIEW

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 27-49.  VIEW

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 1-5.  VIEW

Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter Lodato Si, 24.5.2015, nn. 84-88.  VIEW

Peter Kreeft, Twenty Arguments for God’s ExistenceVIEW

Second Vatican Council, Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, 7.12.1965, nn. 4-22.  VIEW

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio, 14.9.1998, nn. 16-35.  VIEW

Pope Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Spe salvi , 30.11.2007, nn. 4-12.  VIEW

 

 

5: INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY
Slides and Recommended Reading

5. Introduction to Theology

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Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 50-133.  VIEW

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 6-24.  VIEW

José Miguel Odero, “Introduction to Theology”, in Charles Belmonte (ed.), Faith Seeking Understanding: A Complete Course in Theology, 2nd ed., Vol. 1, (Mandaluyong, Philippines: Studium Theologiae Foundation, 2006).    VIEW