Jesus Christ: Revealer of God and Man

JPI 517/817

This course seeks to give students an introduction to Christology that will help them to deepen their understanding of the Christocentric approach to anthropology that characterizes the pontificate of John Paul II. The course thus seeks to impart familiarity with the development and significance of key ideas in Christology. The first part of the course presents Christ’s self-revelatory method, examining what he reveals of God and how this revelation occurs. The second part of the course studies the major controversies surrounding the person and mission of Jesus Christ and the thinkers who played a decisive role in these controversies. Attention is paid to the patristic era and to the gradual development of the understanding of the crucial concepts of nature and person. The sense in which Christ reveals man to himself is elucidated in the last part of the course.


Course Texts for Fall 2021

  • Scripture. Ignatius Press Bible or 2nd edition of RSV (English translation).
  • Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Theo-drama: Theological Dramatic Theory. Vol. III. Dramatis Personae: Persons in Christ. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1992.
  • Balthasar, Hans Urs von, Theo-drama: Theological Dramatic Theory. Vol. IV. The Action. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1994.
  • Benedict XVI. Jesus of Nazareth. Vol. I and II. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2007, 2011.
  • Norris, Richard A., ed. and transl. The Christological Controversy. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1980.
  • Course Compendium – available from Cognella

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