TH516 CHRISTOLOGY/TRINITY (MAM/MTS Core) - Saint John's Seminary


Dr. Angela Franks Profile

Th 7:30-9:30pm



This course will lead students to a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Triune God and of Jesus Christ, through a reflection upon Scripture, Tradition, and the contributions of key theologians. Additional topics in soteriology will be explored. Theologians covered will include St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, Luther, and Pope St. John Paul II. Using the theo-drama of Hans Urs von Balthasar, students will learn to enunciate the relation of mission and evangelization to Christology.

This course is a hybrid course of alternating in-person classes and online meetings using the Canvas learning platform.



1. Bible (The Ignatius Bible, 2nd ed., recommended)

2. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae, translated in Summa of the Summa, ed. Peter Kreeft (Ignatius, 1990)

  • ISBN-10: 089870300X

3. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Theo-Drama III: Dramatis Personae: Persons in Christ (TD 3)

  • ISBN-10: 089870295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898702958

4. Stephen Bullivant, The Trinity: How Not to Be a Heretic.

  • ISBN-10: 0809149338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809149339

5. Edward T. Oakes, SJ, Infinity Dwindled to Infancy (IDI)

  • ISBN-10: 0802865550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802865557

6. Timothy A. Robinson, Aristotle in Outline.

  • ISBN-10: 087220314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872203143

7. Edward P. Sri, God with Us

  • ISBN-10: 1645850005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1645850007

8. Optional: Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers, 9th ed.

  • ISBN-10: 022643057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226430577