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DTH 731   GOD: ONE AND TRIUNE

Term: Fall 2017

 

Professor

Dr. Josef Froula

jfroula@holyapostles.edu

203-757-6181 (home)

203-206-9371 (cell)

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course offers a doctrinal study of the nature and attributes of God as known by reason and revelation.  The subject matter of the course includes the following topics: an introduction to natural and sacred theology, proofs for the existence of God, the problem of evil an its solution, the simplicity and unity of God, procession in God, the Divine Relations, and the Divine Persons. The principal text for the course is the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

        Students are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of the following things:

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

The One God

CLASS 1)        8/30        Introduction (Summa Theologiae, Q1)

CLASS 2)        9/6        Summa Theologiae, Q2 AA1 & 2

(Preliminaries to the Arguments for God’s Existence)

CLASS 3)        9/13        Q2 A3—Arguments for God’s Existence

CLASS 4)        9/20        Q2 A3—Arguments for God’s Existence

CLASS 5)        9/27        Q2 A3—Arguments for God’s Existence

CLASS 6)        10/4        The Problem of Evil and its Solution

CLASS 7)        10/11        Q3 and Q11 AA3 & 4—The Simplicity and Unity of God

CLASS 8)        10/18        Mid-term on classes 1-7

The Triune God

CLASS 9)        10/25        The Doctrine of the Trinity (CCC #’s 232-267)

CLASS 10)        11/1        Q 27—The Procession of the Divine Persons

CLASS 11)        11/8        Q 28—The Divine Relations

CLASS 12)        11/15        Q 29—The Divine Persons

CLASS 13)        11/29        Q 30—The Plurality of Persons in God  (No Class on 11/23)

CLASS 14)        12/6        FINAL EXAM on classes 9-13

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

1.  Title: Summa Theologiae

2.  Author: St. Thomas Aquinas

3.  Edition (if applicable): Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

4.  Publisher: Christian Classics        

5.  Date of Publication: 1981

6.  ISBN number:0-87061-070-8

7.  List price: $125.00

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

1)        Fides et Ratio by John Paul II

2)        St. Anselm’s Proslogion (for I Q2 A1)

3)        God: His Existence and Nature by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

4)        Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics by St. Thomas

5)        Summa Contra Gentiles by St. Thomas, esp. pp. 3-62 and Bk. I, Chs. 4 & 5

6)        Compendium Theologiae by St. Thomas

7)        CCC, esp. #’s 31-50 and #’s 232-267

8)        The Catechism of the Council of Trent (esp. Part I, Article 1, pp. 16-20)

9)        On Being and Essence by St. Thomas

10)        The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

11)        The Church Teaches (TAN) esp. pp. 123-140

12)        The Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott (TAN)

13)        Who Designed the Designer? by Michael Augros (available from Amazon)

14)        The Trinity: An Introduction to Catholic Doctrine on the Triune God by Gilles Emery, O.P.

        trans. Matthew Levering Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2011          

        ISBN: 9780813218649

15)        The Trinitarian Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas by Gilles Emery, O.P. trans. Francesca Aran

        Murphy Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.   ISBN: 97800199582211

16)        St. Thomas Aquinas: His Person and Work by Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P. trans. Robert Royal

        Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2005.  ISBN: 9780813214238

        

7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for the Blog Entries (BE) and Discussion Board (DB) Postings

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

CONTENT

Absence of Understanding

Posting shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic

Misunderstanding

Posting demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them

Adequate Understanding

Posting demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them

Solid understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides

Insightful understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts

WRITING & EXPRESSION

Incomplete writing

Posting is only partially written or fails to address the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Posting touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Posting is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment;  satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing with something interesting to say

Posting is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples;  level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

command-level writing, making a clear impression

Posting is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development ; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage

RESEARCH

Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.

Weak research and/or documentation

Inadequate number or quality of sources; many facts not referenced; several errors in citation format.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.

COMMUNITY INTERACTION (50-word response)

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”

Poor response

Response misses the point of the original posting or merely summarizes original posting to which it responds.

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds.

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development.

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development.

Graduate Rubric

Grading Rubric for the Major Papers

0 pts. – Paper
Posting;

3 pts. – Paper
Posting;

6 pts. – Paper
Posting;

9 pts. – Paper
Posting;

12 pts. – Paper
Posting;

15 pts. – Paper
Posting;

CONTENT

Absence of Understanding

Analysis shows no awareness of the discipline or its methodologies as they relate to the topic.

Lack of Understanding

Analysis seems to misunderstand some basic concepts of the discipline or lacks ability to articulate them.

Inadequate understanding

Analysis is sometimes unclear in understanding or articulating concepts of the discipline.

Adequate understanding

Analysis demonstrates an understanding of basic concepts of the discipline but could express them with greater clarity.

Solid Understanding

Analysis demonstrates a clear understanding and articulation of concepts with some sense of their wider implications.

Insightful understanding

Analysis clearly demonstrates an understanding and articulation of concepts of the discipline as they relate to the topic; highlights connections to other concepts; integrates concepts into wider contexts.

RESEARCH

Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.

Weak research and/or documentation

Inadequate number or quality of sources; many facts not referenced; several errors in citation format.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources; too many citation errors.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.

Excellent critical research and documentation

Critically selected and relevant scholarly sources demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations follow standard bibliographic format.

WRITING & EXPRESSION

Incomplete writing

Analysis is only partially written or completely misses the topic.

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Analysis fails to address the topic; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Episodic writing, a mix of strengths and weaknesses.

Analysis noticeably neglects or misinterprets the topic; simplistic or repetitive treatment, only partially-internalized; weak organization and development, some meandering; simple sentences, below-level diction; distracting errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Analysis is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors.

Solid writing, with something interesting to say.

Analysis is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples; level-appropriate syntax and diction; mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error.

Command-level writing, making a clear impression

Analysis is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage.

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in on-campus courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Christopher Apodoca, the Disability Resource Center ADA Coordinator, at capodoca@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Attendance at all classes is required.

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Josef Froula has been a part-time professor of theology at Holy Apostles since 2003. He holds a Masters degree in humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills, an M.A. in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and a doctorate in education at Southern Connecticut State University.