HDS 2609

Aquinas: Incarnation, Narration, Sacrament

Mark D. Jordan


At the center of the Summa of Theology, the reader finds a broad analysis of the motives and purposes of human action. But the analysis remains incomplete until Thomas takes up the incarnation, narrated life, and memorial sacraments of the Christ. Incarnation is the pedagogical principle that makes moral formation possible. It also justifies the teaching of Christian theology, not least in a summa. This course will read selected questions from Thomas's Summa. It will seek to understand the logic of divine teaching that explains God's choice to become incarnate, the events of Jesus's life, and the legacy of sacramental scenes of instruction. It will then ask how this logic was already at work in Thomas's description of moral life, perhaps especially in his treatments of the passions, the succession of laws, and vocation to a way of life.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 2455

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Wed 10am-12pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 116

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None