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Theology Department

Theology Department Philosophy 
Bellarmine exists primarily to provide an excellence in education that is more than academic. This education of the whole person is activated by an Ignatian vision that is at its core religious. Religious education at Bellarmine begins with the awareness that all members of the Bellarmine community are religious educators, with parents as the primary educators. Within this community of faith, and following in the footsteps of Ignatius, the Religious Education Department challenges the student to be more consciously reflect on their lives and the world in light of Catholic Christianity. In doing so, Bellarmine hopes the student will ultimately be more integrated (whole), more discerning, and more able to choose to be "a Man/Woman for Others" under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The curriculum has three levels of presentation: as a call to be formed by the Spirit of Jesus, as a way to be informed about the Catholic Christianity (as articulated by the US Catholic Bishops' Framework for Religious Instruction), and ultimately, as a means of transformation "for the greater glory of God."

Department Objectives: 
  • To promote a progressive initiation into prayer. 
  • To help students come to know of and about Christ.
  • To help them strive for a personal relationship with Jesus. 
  • To promote formation in authentic spiritual values and attitudes so students can discern between good and evil, recognize the reality of sin (personal and societal), its effects are true freedom, so as to "become more fully human."
  • To help students examine their lives in light of the Hebrew and Chrisitan Scriptures
  • To place students in touch with the religious traditions and spirituality of Catholic Christianity
  • To promote an awareness and sensitivity to other faith traditions in the world. 
  • To promote the following learning skills: repetition, logical analysis, critical reflection, synthesis, theory and application,m imaginative expression in creative writing or images, and essay writing. 
  • To connect the religious education curriculum more intimately with the variety of campus ministry programs.
  • To promote a clear expression of the Ignatian vision and spirituality. 
  • To introduce students to the Catholic Social Teaching and their impact upon the everyday life for a person of conscience. 

For department requirements and offerings please visit the course catalog.