OUR CURRICULUM: THEOLOGY
Each student at the Lyceum will have a course in Theology every year that he or she attends the school. Theology is "The Queen of the Sciences." It is the ultimate goal and fulfillment of all of our studies in the Liberal Arts. Following the example and the methods of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine, students will see that knowledge of natural things and the created world provides the basis for knowledge of Divine things such as the nature of God as the "first mover" and as the "uncaused cause." Students will not only become familiar with the truths about God, but arrive at those truths in the light of reason, affirmed and perfected by the revealed Truths found in Holy Scripture and Catholic Magisterial teaching.
The Lyceum Theology curriculum is divided by grade level in the following manner:
- 7th Grade - Old Testament
- 8th Grade - New Testament
- 9th Grade - The Creed (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Compendium Theologiae Aquinas)
- 10th Grade - The Sacraments (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Summa Theologica)
- 11th Grade - Ethics/Commandments (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Summa Theologica)
- 12th Grade - Apologetics (Compendium Theologiae Aquinas, Theology & Sanity, Sheed)
Although the Bible and The Catechism of The Catholic Church form the backbone of The Lyceum Theology curriculum, students will read supplemental texts as deemed appropriate and accessible by the teacher. These texts will naturally include sections and articles from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, Summa Contra Gentiles, various commentaries on the psalms and prayer (e.g. The Lord’s Prayer). The writings of other fathers and doctors of the Church are by no means excluded but especially those of St Augustine and Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.