The New Theology Core Curriculum

Theology is an integral part of the Filipino Catholic Jesuit Education, its thorough intellectual tradition and its truly Christian/Catholic orientation, aimed at the total formation of the Filipino students of today.  The Catholic and Jesuit tradition should pervade the total life and work of the University.  The specific task of theology is to bring this tradition into an explicit, systematic, and critical study in our Filipino/Asian context.  It aims at integrating a unified, constructive, and firmly articulated Christian/Catholic vision of life into the academic formation of the students.

The new theology core curriculum consists of four courses.  The first course, Introduction to Doing Catholic Theology, is the foundational course of the theology program.  It introduces the sophomore students to the basics of  “doing theology” at the college level in the Philippines today.  Its main objective is to develop in the students the skills needed for theologizing through an intelligent use of the primary sources of the faith—Scripture and Church Teaching—from which the depth-meaning of basic human experiences are drawn, rooted in the central mystery of Christ and in the life and mission of the Church.

The second course, Marriage, Family Life, and Human Sexuality in a Catholic Perspective, is premised on a theological anthropology based on the interdisciplinary dialogue of theology and other sciences (philosophy, psychology, and sociology) in understanding man and woman in their identity, equality, and complementarity.  The main content of the course develops the sacramentality of marriage and the nature of family as domestic Church, discusses critically the issues and problems related to marriage and sexuality, and presents the law of the Church governing marriage, more specifically the provisions on annulment.  The objective of the course is for the junior students to have a vision of married and family life from a Catholic faith perspective, based on the integrative use of Scripture, Church Teaching, and Filipino human experience.

The third course, A Theology of the Catholic Social Vision, is a systematic study of social commitment within a theological framework.  It reflects on the Philippine social and cultural situation in the light of Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and in the context of the students’ direct contact with the marginalized sectors of Philippine society.  To enrich but not to alter this basic theological and experiential grounding of the course, and to respond to the specific concerns and interests of the students, the theology of the Catholic social vision is treated with various emphases related to business, science and technology, ecology and gender, and politics and governance.  The objective of the course is for the seniors to have a broad and deep grasp of the moral demands of the Christian faith that does justice in the Philippine social context.

The fourth course is, The Catholic Commitment of Today’s Filipino:  A Synthesis.  Drawing from matter taken up in previous course, this synthesis course focuses on the meaning of commitment understood from a theological perspective:  its subjective factors (freedom, conscience, sin), objective factors (revelation, faith), elements for growth and maturity  (Scripture and Church Teaching; grace and Christian community), and process and goal (vocation and fidelity).  Through guided study and research activity/project, the students are exercised in a personal assimilation of the Christian faith as a thinking, living, and worshipping faith.  The objective of this course is to develop in the seniors a mature personal understanding and interior integration of their Filipino Christian faith commitment in their daily lives.

As the University seeks to expand its role in the world of business, science and technology, communication and media, law and government, theology in this context finds its place at the crossroads of the Church and the world.  At the crossroads, it seeks to be a center for rearticulating the Christian vision and values in a changing Philippine society.