At The Atonement Academy, Theology is considered to be the highest science. Students study Theology with the intent of achieving definite knowledge about God, Jesus Christ, and His Church. In our Religion and Theology classes, we firmly uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church and seek to instill a love of the Church and the Sacraments. Students at The Atonement Academy not only learn the doctrine of the Church but are also guided to understand the the thinking behind what the Church teaches.
Middle School Courses
- Religion 6: Following Christ
- Religion 7: The Life of Grace
- Religion 8: Our Life in the Church
A catechetical religion course focusing on the blueprint for a life of love: the law of God, especially in the Ten Commandments, and the presence of Jesus in the Holy Mass. The interaction of the challenges of God’s law and his gifts of grace that help us fulfill his law.
A catechetical religion course focusing on Grace as our link with God, his gift to us to bring us to Himself and his eternal life, with an emphasis on transmission of grace through the seven sacraments and on God’s loving gifts of revelation, of himself through the prophets, the Incarnation, and the Church. The role of grace in developing the virtues.
This course examines the history of the Church — its founding by Christ, its birth in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the one, true Church, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the saints and the role of the religious and laity up to the present as well as the structure of the Church Jesus planned, and the role of the Magisterium. Students utilize the YOUCAT, the youth catechism promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI.
Upper School Courses
- Catholic Doctrine
- Sacred Scripture
- Church History
- Moral Theology
Introductory theology course utilizing The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which faithfully and systematically presents the teachings of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition in the Church, and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers, Doctors, and saints of the Church.
Study and analysis emphasizing the development of God’s revelation of Himself through the covenants with Abraham, Moses, David, and finally through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Students learn the chronology of events and study how the New Testament is the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old, and the two Testaments are viewed as a unified whole.
An advanced theology course in the development of human history understood within the greater context of Divine revelation and ecclesiastical history. Close attention is given to primary texts, including selected writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, great works in philosophy and theology, and examples from literature and architecture.
Introductory college-level theology course in Christian morality, the universal call to holiness, the social teachings of the Catholic Church to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of moral theology in terms of the moral life being a relationship with God. This course examines a variety of Vatican documents and encyclicals and applies the truths revealed to real life.