TERM I: Theology – A Systematic Narrative Int.

Theology is the catch-all term, a generic word to describe a more descriptive sub-set of disciplines:

In your first term, however, the aim is to cover the foundations of Christian Theology, with one mandatory bibliography source:

MANDATORY READING

Frank Sheed (1897 – 1981)

Theology for beginners by Frank Sheed, has been a mainstay of introductory Theology for undergraduates and adult learning readers, virtually for decades. It was written with outstanding wit and clarity by Frank Sheed, an Australian Lawyer who preferred to follow his vocation as a Catholic Apologetic and street Preacher; and who later founded a very successful Catholic Literature Publishing House in London. Known for his wit, razor-sharp mind and excellent discourse clarity, Sheed brings all those qualities to this textbook, one of the reasons it still is recommended by colleges and universities. In 270 pages, the author gives a fully comprehensive overview of all the essential tenets in Christian Theology, turning tough subjects such as the Holy Trinity a joy to read and get right, first time, every time.

MODULE EXAM

Exam Paper Submission, covering this module, in any of its 20 Key Chapters. Exam rules allow for books, notes and research material consultation during the exam.

You may consult material, introduce quoted passages, subject to proper citation you quoted from.

This exam will be marked. The exam paper will state what each section value is in points. The pass mark threshold has been set for 2020/21, at 65 points out of a total 100.

TERM 1 SPECIALIST MODULE
SACRAMENTS: THE EUCHARIST

The mandatory textbook includes chapters on the Sacraments and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This forms your foundation to then proceed with a more in-depth study of the Eucharist as the central Sacrament.

In choosing and recommending further mandatory in-depth bibliography about the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, we focused primarily on well-known authors, reputed and widely accepted Worldwide as some of the best theologians. We did not bring into the criteria any other considerations. In studying the Eucharist, reliance on a few safe pairs of hands in matters of Theology is really what matters.

A thorough understanding of The Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist is absolutely central to the formation of OCAC Seminarians and Ordinands, because it is the central Axis of Christian Life and of the Christian Faith, the Body, Soul and Divinity of Jesus rolled in One and Only Sacrament.

You must follow the path suggested below, starting with BOOK I, then follow through with BOOK II and complete with BOOK III:

BOOK I: A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist by Dom Anscar Vonier. Imminent Abbot of Buckfast Abbey (1906-38), Martin Vonier (his real name) published this volume in 1925, in a response to Pope Pius X’s appeal to the Faithful to take Communion as often as possible. Groundbreaking at the time, the book affirms the Royal Priesthood of the People of God, and became an important theological tool during Vatican Council II. An authoritative masterpiece of the best Christian Theology, Vonier’s volume remains central to theological studies to the present day.

Dom Anscar Vonier, Abbot of Buckfast Abbey (1906-38).

BOOK II: God Is Near US – The Eucharist by Joseph, Cardinal Ratzinger (current Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). Traditional, time-tested Eucharist Theology. The traditional conservatism of Ratzinger is set aside, and the pure Academic Theologian emerges to present a complex and fascinating subject in accessible language, in an attempt to make it easier to understand why the Eucharist must remain at the centre of not just Christian Liturgy but also profound devotion among all Christians.


Joseph, Cardinal Ratzinger

BOOK III: “Canterbury Cousins: The Eucharist in Contemporary Anglican Theology, by Owen F. Cummings is a commendable and authoritative effort in ecumenical theology, it elaborates at length on how close the traditional Anglican theology of the Eucharist is to Catholic theology. Often recommended, the volume is particularly useful and indeed successful at the task of exploring the similarities and differences between Catholic and Anglican theologies, regarding this central Sacrament.

Owen F. Cummings

MODULE EXAM

Exam Paper Submission, covering the Specialist Module – The Eucharist, in any or all of its 3 Key Mandatory Books. Exam rules allow for books, notes and research material consultation during the exam.

You may consult material, introduce quoted passages, subject to proper citation you quoted from.

This exam will be marked. The exam paper will state what each section value is in points. The pass mark threshold has been set for 2020/21, at 75 points out of a total 100.

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