The Catholic University of America

 Courses taught by Joshua Benson

TRS 201 - Faith Seeking Understanding

An introductory course in theology that provides a glimpse into the science of the study of God through the exploration of the thought of selected theologians and scripture. Students will learn how to read and interpret various genres of theological texts from different historical eras' including the Old Testament, the New Testament, the early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation era, the period of the Second Vatican Council, and the present time. By engaging these texts through discussion, research, and writing, students will gain an introductory grasp of the academic discipline of theology.

TRS 260 - Christianity and Culture

TRS 356A - Francis and Clare

Examines the life and writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi in order to understand their theological vision and its consequences for Christian life.

TRS 367A - Unity and Diversity: Theology in the Middle Ages

Covers the breadth of the medieval heritage, from its grounding in Augustine and Jerome, to its ecclesial, lay and scholastic forms in both East and West. Anselm, Bonaventure and Aquinas receive particular attention as do their contribution to our understanding of issues of theological method, Trinitarian theology, Christology, and Sacraments. Prerequisites: Any TRS 200-level or HSTR course.

TRS 460 - Special Topics - Ratzinger's Jesus of Nazareth 
 

TRS 465: Christian Theology I

Christian Theology I & II provide an in-depth examination of central Christian teachings attentive to historical development and systematic coherence. Christian Theology I will treat Trinity, Creation, Fall and Christology.

TRS 727 - Introduction to Medieval Theology

Christian Theology I & II provide an in-depth examination of central Christian teachings attentive to historical development and systematic coherence. Christian Theology I will treat Trinity, Creation, Fall and Christology.

TRS 727H: History of Franciscan Theology

TRS 727C - Bonaventure, Parisian Master: Context, Texts, Interpretation

Examines the context and thought of Saint Bonaventure during his Parisian period as a student and master of theology, c. 1248 - 1257. The course will also introduce the student to the many literary forms of scholastic theology, the key figures at the University of Paris who shaped Bonaventure's mind, including Alexander of Hales, and the hermeneutical challenges of interpreting Bonaventure due to the growth of medieval studies and the nineteenth century edition of his texts.

TRS 727G - Medieval Exegesis

Studies the theory and practice of medieval exegesis from eighth to the sixteenth century through the analysis of different literary forms including but not limited to summae, sermons, the Gloss and biblical commentaries.

TRS 823E - Medieval Christology

Examines Thomas Aquinas's and Bonaventure's Commentary on the third book of Peter Lombard's Sentences as well as other significant texts that contextualize their thought.