The last several decades have witnessed a relentless disintegration in the moral fabric of human society, especially in Western countries. Nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of human sexuality and marriage, where permissiveness for sexual hedonism, under the banner of freedom, equality, and non-discrimination, has become, as it were, the law of the day.
The harmful consequences on men and women caused by the widespread moral disintegration in human sexuality are self-evident, as attested by the increase in divorce (even among Catholics), broken families, poverty, and sexual exploitation of women, among others. Part and parcel with such moral disintegration is that young people, in addition to being exposed at quite an early age to a culture oversaturated with sex, are not taught (whether at school or at home) the values that make marriage and parenthood possible. Will they, as adults, be able to embrace the lifetime commitment of marriage with steadfast faithfulness?
For those of the Catholic faith, however, there is a powerful “tool” to avert the harmful influence of the contemporary hedonistic culture. It is none other than the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and marriage – a teaching which, being grounded in Sacred Scriptures and having evolved organically over the centuries, offers a solid and holistic vision of the beauty of human sexuality and marriage.
This course is specifically designed to help Catholics (especially young adults) to rediscover the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and marriage. It is hoped that this will help married couples live out their marriage as a love-flourishing and life-giving reality, and as a common journey to holiness.
Doyen Nguyen, OP, M.D, S.T.D. is both a moral theologian and an academic hematopathologist. A graduate of Temple University Medical School (Philadelpha, USA) and a scholar of the Leopold Schepp Foundation, she is a lay Dominican who, in addition to having worked (and taught medical residents) at various university medical centers, was also a professor of theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome (Italy) where she obtained her doctorate in moral theology, with a special focus on end-of-life ethics. She has authored books and articles both in medicine and in moral theology/bioethics. Among her recent publications is the 600-page monograph The New Definitions of Death for Organ Donation: A Multidisciplinary Analysis from the Perspective of Christian Ethics (Peter Lang, April 2018. ISBN 978-3-0343-3277-4).
The lectures are in continuous and in sequential order. This means that if the students want to understand lecture no. 3, they need to follow lectures no. 1 and 2 first.
1. What is Beatitude? Christian Moral-Spiritual Life is Teleological (Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Veritatis Splendor)
2. Basic Principles in Catholic Moral Theology (Human Acts, Conscience)
3. How Did We Arrive at the Current Situation? – The Sexual Revolution
4. Human Sexuality in Sacred Scriptures – An Overview
5. Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition – A Brief Survey
6. Human Sexuality in the Contemporary Magisterium (part I)
5. Theological development (von Hildebrand, Wojtyla)
6. Human Sexuality in the Contemporary Magisterium (part II)
7. Defense of Humanae Vitae against the Attacks from the "Right"
8. Defense of Humanae Vitae against the Dissension from the "Left" – Teleological Organicity
9. Synthesis: a Holistic Understanding of the Church’s Teaching on Human Sexuality – Marriage, a Love-Flourishing and Life-Giving Reality, and a Common Journey to Holiness.
10. Homosexuality (part I) – Physical and Mental Dimensions of Sexual Development
11. Homosexuality (part II) – Theological and Moral Considerations
12. Concluding Remarks – Chastity in Sexual Education
Academy for Philosophy and Theology (APT)
at the Gustav-Siewerth-Akademie - state-approved private scientific institute of higher education
Objectives of the APT
Our study & further education offer is aimed at all those who, according to Edmund Husserl’s maxim „back to the things themselves“, are interested in truth and reality in a realistic sense. Realism assumes that things, reality and objective truth exist independently of the thinking human being. We are therefore scientifically searching for answers to the great philosophical questions concerning man, the world and God (in the sense of Kant’s four basic questions „What can I know?“). - „What should I do?“ - „What can I hope for?“ „What is man?“ (Cf. Kant, Logik, Einleitung, Ak 25)). It is therefore not about doxography or the history of philosophy, but about systematic research and argumentation, which is also open to „ultimate justifications“.
As far as philosophy is concerned, the APT is in the tradition of the Philosophia perennis but is not bound to any particular philosophical school of thought. Theologically, the APT is Christian / Catholic-traditional. The APT wants to set accents in matters of apologetics and new evangelisation.
Simply register by mail: bexten[a]pm.me
Organization and Method
We offer lectures, seminars and disputations in small groups via video conference and learning platform. One hour of lectures and Q&R are offered per course in each study week. The courses can be accessed via our learning platform. Anyone interested can participate in two events without obligation and free of charge. Individual tutorials can also be offered on request. Every interested person can create an academy for philosophy Moodle account and enroll in a course of his choice. All courses are held by lecturers with a doctorate in philosophy and can be certified after proof of performance.
Proof of performance: The APT awards APT credit points as proof of performance. Each credit corresponds to approximately 30 working hours of an average student. For example, writing and submitting a 3000-word essay within two weeks will be rewarded with 3 credits. A certain number of APT credits are necessary to obtain a certificate at the end of a course.
Conditions of participation: Up to 100 participants can attend a course free of charge and without obligation during the first three weeks. After that the course fee for all participants without a valid student card is 250€. This allows participation in an offered course or lecture series. With the live participation in the lectures, the course participants agree to the subsequent video publication of the lecture and discussion e.g. via YouTube and also to the commercial use of the video recordings by APT. A course certificate can be acquired for 100€ upon request after the proof of performance (this can also include an oral examination).
- Dozent/in: Doyen Nguyen