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INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

Welcome to Christology

 

 

COURSE OVERVIEW

‘Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.’ (Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 2005, n. 1.)

Did Jesus really exist? Did He have passions? Could He really suffer? Could He have sinned if He wanted to? Did Jesus grow spiritually? What did Jesus mean by saying ‘why have You abandoned me?’ on the Cross? If Jesus’ Passion redeemed us, was the Resurrection really necessary?

This course in Christology is the theological study of the person of Jesus Christ and of His mission. We hope it will help you to know and love Jesus Christ, to discover the joy of the Good News, and equip you to share it with others.

The course covers the following:

​​SESSIONS

Session 1 | The Humanity of Jesus Christ
Session 2 | The Divinity of Jesus Christ
Session 3 | The Hypostatic Union & Its Consequences
Session 4 | God’s Plan of Salvation and the Triple Ministry of Jesus
Session 5 | The Redemption

 

COURSE MATERIAL

1 Course Notes for the subject. |  VIEW

Slides used in the classes. Slides 1: VIEW  | Slides 2: VIEW |

3 Links to Further Reading

The Holy Bible (RSVCE)  VIEW

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 422-682.  VIEW

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 79-135.  VIEW

23 Questions About Jesus  VIEW

Further readings are also included with each class, below.

4  Links to Supplementary Videos

The Chosen  VIEW

Bishop Robert Barron: How Can Jesus Be Both God and Man?  VIEW

Bishop Robert Barron on ‘The Case for Christ’  VIEW

Lee Strobel: The Case for Christ  VIEW

SESSION 1: THE HUMANITY OF JESUS CHRIST
Recommended Reading

Course Notes, Chapter 1.

FURTHER READING

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 456-86.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 85-95.

Pope Francis, ‘Jesus, Ever Young’, in Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit, nn. 22-33. VIEW

Brant Pitrie, ‘The Brothers of Jesus’, in Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, (NY: Image Books, 2018), pp. 116-126.  VIEW

J. Diéguez, The Face of Jesus: Finding Christ’s Face in Our Life  VIEW

B. Estrada, The Historical Jesus  VIEW

RECORDING SESSION 1  |  VIEW

 

SESSION 2: THE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST
Recommended Reading

Course Notes, Chapter 2.


FURTHER READING

Catechism of the Catholic Church nn. 422-451, 456-469.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 79-89.

Walking Towards Christ  VIEW

 

RECORDING SESSION 2  |  VIEW

SESSION 3: THE HYPOSTATIC UNION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
Recommended Reading

Course Notes, Chapters 3-5.

FURTHER READING:

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 258, 267, 333, 448, 465-468, 470-474, 528, 554-555, 572, 601,609, 618, 649, 971. 

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 87-93.

Pope Francis, ‘In Friendship With Christ’, in Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit, 25 March 2019, nn. 150-7. VIEW

Josemaria Escriva, ‘Contemplating Christ’s Life’, in Christ is Passing By, nn. 107-9.​ VIEW

Josemaria Escriva, ‘Finding Peace in the Heart of Christ’, in Christ is Passing By, nn. 162-70.  VIEW

New Mediterraneans II: Jesus Is My Dear Friend  VIEW

RECORDING SESSION 3  |  VIEW

SESSION 4: GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION AND THE TRIPLE MINISTRY OF JESUS

 

 

Recommended Reading

Course Notes, Chapters 6-8.

FURTHER READINGS

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 218, 410, 430, 456-460, 478, 519-520, 553, 581-582, 606-618, 662, 764, 888, 894-896, 1137, 1330, 1366, 1539-1540, 1545, 2100, 2108.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 85, 107-124.

John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Redemptor Hominis, 4 March 1979, nn. 20-21.  VIEW

Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter, Deus Caritas Est (on Christian Love), 25 December 2005, nn. 1-18.  VIEW

The Soul of Christ: Priestly Soul  VIEW

Luis Clavell, The Reason for Our Hope: Presenting Christ to People Today  VIEW

READING & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Christ Present in Others  VIEW Extra Reading VIEW

 

RECORDING SESSION 4  |  VIEW

SESSION 5: THE REDEMPTION
Recommended Reading

Course Notes, Chapter 9.

Finding Christ in Others  VIEW

FURTHER READING 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 631-682.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 125-135.

John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Redemptor Hominis, 4 March 1979, nn. 7-12.  VIEW

Pope Francis, ‘Vocation’, in Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit, nn. 248-52, 287-90. VIEW

New Mediterraneans III: From the Wound of the Right Hand  VIEW

Scott Hahn, The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth, (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2003), pp. 14-27.  VIEW

God’s Open Heart: Mercy & Apostolate  VIEW

With Love in Our Eyes: Mercy & Fraternity  VIEW

‘You Did It To Me’: The Corporal Works of Mercy  VIEW

Serene Attentiveness: The Spiritual Works of Mercy  VIEW

 

RECORDING SESSION 5  |  VIEW