Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2012-2013
THEO 631 Catechesis 3 sem. hrs.
This course is intended to assist the student in learning the history, the diversity of techniques, the gravity and importance as well as the various methods the Catholic Church has used and continues to employ in order to instruct its members. The student will come to understand not only the history of religious education in the Church, but the various significant people and the methods and values that have been critical to competent catechesis (i.e. instruction), making known to the faithful the CONTENT of the faith. People with a spirituality, must also have the content of the faith presented and explained. A people who know the content of the faith, must see how it is spiritually significant, i.e., how the "Big Story" of salvation, can be the context for the smaller but significant "Little Stories" of the faith lives of individuals. The course employs an historical methodology that indicates both successes and failures in the history of catechetics and especially how, in the years since Vatican II, the Church has returned to the catechumenate (in the form of the RCIA), to reappropriate the communal and experiential aspect of embracing the faith; something that was missing when instruction in the faith was limited to the memorization of the Catechism. In other words, at the bottom of this course in not only an historical presentation and analysis of the enterprise of catechetics, but a presentation of the importance of understanding enculturation and missionary work as well as the unique Roman Catholic anthropology that is the foundation for proper and successful instruction in the faith.
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