Peter Bernardi, SJLumen Christi Institute
6:00 Dinner | 6:30 Lecture
This weekly non-credit course is open to current students and faculty. Registrants are free to attend as many sessions as they choose. Sessions do not presuppose previous attendance or prior knowledge of the subject.
Jesus of Nazareth, a Galilean Jew crucified in a remote corner of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago, is considered one of the world’s greatest teachers and the founder of its oldest institution. More books and films have been produced about Jesus than any other historical person. This non-credit class will consider both what historical methods can ascertain about Jesus and the meaning and warrant for the Christian belief that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God and the universal Savior.
October 5 | Introductions; the questions we bring; the modern quest(s) for the ‘historical’ Jesus
October 12 | The Gospel of Mark: the earliest narrative of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
October 19 | The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ: historical event and theological meaning.
October 26 | Transformative Encounter with the Living Jesus: St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians
November 2 | Early Christological Controversies & the Nicene Creed
November 9 | Encountering the Living Jesus in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
November 16 | Jesus through the centuries in Christian art.
November 30 | Contemporary Christology: fake news vs. “Good News”
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Fr. Peter Bernardi, SJ is scholar-in-residence at the Lumen Christi Institute and Professor Emeritus of Theology at Loyola University of Chicago, where he taught from 2010 to 2020. Before coming to Chicago he taught at Loyola University New Orleans from 1996 to 2010. Fr. Bernardi holds an Honors B.A. in Classical Languages from Xavier University (Cincinnati), an MA in Philosophy from the University of Detroit, a Master of Divinity from Regis College of the Toronto School of Theology, an STL from the Weston School of Theology with a thesis concerning soteriology, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. His areas of interest include modern Christian thought; John Henry Newman, Maurice Blondel, and the Renewal of Catholic Theology; Theology of Vatican II; Christology & Soteriology. He is the author of Maurice Blondel, Social Catholicism and Action Française: The Clash over the Church’s Role in Society During the Modernist Era (CUA Press, 2009). His most recent scholarly publications are "Blondel, Maurice (1861–1949)" in the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers (2020) and "Louis Cardinal Billot, S.J. (1846–1931): Thomist, Anti-Modernist, Integralist" in the Journal of Jesuit Studies 8 (2021): 585-616.