New Online Summer Course: Christian Marriage - Theology of the Body

New Online Summer Course: Christian Marriage - Theology of the Body

The Theology Department is now offering a new online course for the second summer term, “The Theology of the Body: Christian Marriage” (THEO 409/595), which will be co-taught by Dr. Michael Waldstein and Mr. Matthew Kuhner. This course, which is being offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, is a rare opportunity to study under biblical scholar Michael Waldstein, translator of the critical English edition of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (Pauline Press, 2006).

What will the course cover?

The course on the Theology of the Body will introduce students to the essential elements of the Catholic understanding of marriage. Students will read through almost the entirety of Pope St. John Paul II’s work, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Guided by one of the world’s leading authorities in the field, students will learn the key teachings of JP II’s Theology of the Body, develop a capacity to apply these teachings to their personal experience, and gain insight into obstacles in our culture against the Catholic understanding. By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate the Catholic understanding with sensitivity and compassion and will possess a sapiential appreciation of the place of the truths about marriage in theology.

Who will be teaching this course?

Dr. Michael Waldstein is the Max Seckler Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University. He holds his B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College, a Ph.D. from the University of Dallas, a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and an Th.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard University. Previously, he taught at the University of Notre Dame and the International Theological Institute (Gaming, Austria), where he served as the founding president. His published works include a critical edition of the four Coptic manuscripts of the Secret Book of John, a Gnostic text discovered in the Nag Hammadi codices, as well as a critical translation with introduction of John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. He has published numerous articles on the Gospel of John, Gnosticism, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Paul II and Hans Urs von Balthasar in such journals as Nova et VeteraCommunioAnthropotes, and Journal of Early Christian Studies.

Mr. Matthew Kuhner is a Ph.D. Candidate in Systematic Theology at Ave Maria University. He obtained dual Bachelor’s degrees in Theology and Philosophy at DeSales University in Pennsylvania in 2010 and his M.A. in Theological Studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family (Washington, DC). He is currently preparing to write his dissertation under Dr. Michael Waldstein on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, focusing particularly on Balthasar’s treatment of mission, personhood, and Christian experience in connection with the Gospel of John. Mr. Kuhner’s published work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Harvard Theological ReviewPrinceton Theological ReviewPro EcclesiaThe Heythrop Journal, and Humanum.

Course Details


2016 Summer Term 02 - Distance Learning

Credits | 4.00 

Duration | 6/20/2016 - 7/30/2016

Instructors: Waldstein, Michael; Kuhner, Matthew Gerhard                                                            

Register for this new course at Ave Maria University’s SelfService Portal

Questions? Email Mr. Matthew Kuhner at matthew[DOT]kuhner[AT]avemaria[DOT]edu