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Grow in Wisdom and Deepen Your Faith!  Take Classes at the Athenaeum

Masters-level evening and weekend course offerings open to any students already possessing a bachelor’s degree include:

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Old Testament Scriptures (Professor: Dr. Matthew Genung)
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:40 PM, August 21 - October 30

Overview of the Old Testament studies the geographic and cultural background from which the literary record of the Hebrew faith experience emerged and grew. In this context the literature of Pentateuch, Prophets and Wisdom is explored.

Theology of the Body(Professor: Mrs. Emily Macke)
Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 9:40 PM, August 29 - November 7
In response to the degradation of the dignity of the human person, St. John Paul II proposed an "adequate anthropology." In his "Theology of the Body," the late Holy Father offered his reflections on the meaning of the body and the human person, love, relationality, redemption, gender, marriage, celibacy for the Kingdom and fruitfulness, stemming from the rich tradition of the Church. In exploring St. John Paul II's "Theology of the Body," this course hopes to cultivate a profound realization of what is meant by the "imago Dei," and how this identity rooted in one's Creator and Redeemer manifests itself in vocation and morality.

Catholic Social Doctrine (Professor: Dr. Kenneth Craycraft)

Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:40PM, August 27 - November 5

Catholic Social Doctrine addresses the broad scope of how the Church lives in, and interacts with, the various cultural, social, legal, and political realities in which it finds itself. This course will begin with the biblical foundation of the Church's social teaching, as examined through the great teachers of the Church. We will then turn our attention to the chronological development of Catholic Social Doctrine, from Pope Leo XIII's groundbreaking encyclical, Rerum novarum, through Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in veritate. Our goal will be to articulate a coherent understanding of how and why Catholic Social Doctrine is the means by which the Church transcends and subordinates all politics to itself.

The Church and the Civil War (Professor: Fr. David Endres)

Mondays, 7:00 PM - 9:40 PM, August 26 - November 11

The U.S. Civil War was a pivotal event in the nation's history, dividing the nation, the bishops, and members of the Catholic Church. This course seeks to examine the pre-war sectional conflict, slavery as a moral and religious issue, the war-time contributions of Catholic soldiers, chaplains, and sister nurses, and the post-war legacy of Catholic participation in the war.

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