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 2017

  • Scripture, Ignatius Press Bible or 2nd edition of RSV (English translation).
  • Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, vol. I and II, (New York: Doubleday, c2007-c2011. San Francisco: Ignatius Press
  • Ratzinger, Joseph, “In the Beginning” A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall, (Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, c1995), 31-95
  • Giussani, Luigi, At the Origin of the Christian Claim. (Montreal: McGill University Press, 1998)

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