MSM theology courses will equip students with the knowledge and understanding to develop their faith in God more deeply as they grow into disciples of Jesus, particularly by studying Scripture and Sacred Tradition. These theology courses will encourage students to respond in loving obedience to God and their faith tradition by making moral decisions, by developing the practices of prayer and personal reflection, and by loving and serving humanity with compassion, mercy, and justice.
THEOLOGY I: FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH AND CHRISTIAN DECISION MAKING
Freshman theology is designed to foster a deeper understanding of each student’s faith and the connections between lived faith and lived values. This course will provide a foundation for student knowledge and understanding of Catholicism and the meaning and importance of their faith and their relationship with God. Students will learn about the “Mercy” values, history and tradition of the Mercy Sisters. This course will encourage students to respond and live out their relationship with God by making moral decisions, developing the practices of prayer and reflection, and by loving and serving others.
THEOLOGY II: HEBREW SCRIPTURE AND CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURE
Sophomore Theology is a one year course that studies both the Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) and Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Through a study of the Hebrew Scriptures, students will better understand their relationship with God as established by the early covenants between God and His people. The Christian Scriptures will help students to understand how Jesus is revealed in the scripture and how this revelation relates to us now. It will challenge students to use the scripture as a life guide.
THEOLOGY III: CHRISTIANS IN THE MODERN WORLD
This year long course is an introduction to social justice and service-learning. The course will encourage students to explore the world around them as they help bring justice to their neighbors in central Arkansas through their off campus service assignments. Through their service the students will develop knowledge and understanding of their love and faith in God by learning more about their call to love and serve as Jesus would.
THEOLOGY IV: ADULT CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
Senior Theology examines Christian life and discipleship from an adult faith perspective. This capstone course will increase and further develop the knowledge and understanding of the students’ faith in God and will provide a foundation for their continued growth as adult Christian disciples living in the 21st century. It will encourage students to respond in loving obedience to God and their faith tradition by giving them practice in making moral decisions, observing and analyzing the conditions and issues of social injustice, and in living out their vocation as an adult disciple of Jesus Christ.