Kurssin käytyään henkilö on perehtynyt johonkin systemaattisen teologian historialliseen tai ajankohtaiseen erityiskysymykseen.
Can the truths of faith be rationally proven? Is it possible to believe virtuously or is acting according to our beliefs the only virtuous thing we can do? Can we believe just because we want to? And if not, how can we explain beliefs that seem utterly irrational? These are only some of the questions medieval authors asked about faith. For them, an act of faith is one that involves the intellect, the will, and grace, which combine to produce doubtless intellectual assent to objects that might not be provable at all. Given the complexity and peculiarity of such an act, it is no wonder its explanation gave rise to many different, sometimes wildly divergent theories among the scholastics.
The aim of this course will be to study some of these theories as well as the underlying psychology, philosophy and theology of grace and the sacraments medieval theologians developed to support them, with a view to the systematic study of some authors, such as Thomas Aquinas, Peter John Olivi, John Duns Scotus, William Ockham, or Robert Holkot, as well as to understanding the historical evolution theories of faith went through during the Middle Ages.
Ks. vuosikohtainen opetusohjelma
Asteikolla 0-5, tarkemmat arviointikriteerit määritellään opetusohjelmassa.