Master of Sacred Arts Degree
with a concentration in Theology of the Body
Earn credit for four selected TOBI courses and study the thought of Pope St. John Paul II
The Theology of the Body Institute and Pontifex University are formally partnered to create a unique Master’s degree – a Master of Sacred Arts degree, with a concentration in the Theology of the Body. This degree, given through Pontifex University, combines the study of theology, philosophy, mathematics, architecture, art history, and fine arts. Pontifex University believes that an authentic Catholic education should center on beauty as a primary means of encountering Christ, His creation, and His Church, and this encounter should facilitate the supernatural transformation of the person such that their whole life reflects the divine beauty and inspires the transformation of the culture.
Pontifex University recommends all TOBI courses to students for personal enrichment, and is excited to announce that it will now recognize up to four courses taught by the Theology of the Body Institute for credit, which collectively will create a concentration in the Theology of the Body for our Master of Sacred Arts program. Students can earn 2 credits in good standing for each week long Certification course completed, up to a maximum of 8 credits.
These courses are:
- Theology of the Body and Art – The Way of Beauty
- Theology of the Body I – Introduction and Overview
- Theology of the Body II – Into the Deep
- Theology of the Body III – The New Evangelization
Rooted in the inspiring interpretation of Holy Scripture by Pope St. John Paul II, these integrate naturally with the MSA program to create a focus on the human person and our place in society today. The goal of this is not simply a theoretical understanding of the subjects, but also to lead each of us towards the supernatural transformation of the person in Christ. By this we hope that each student will strive to fulfill the artistic vocation to which every single one of us is called – in which his medium is himself.
As Pope St John Paul II put it in his Letter to Artists: ‘Through his “artistic creativity” man appears more than ever “in the image of God”, and he accomplishes this task above all in shaping the wondrous “material” of his own humanity and then exercising creative dominion over the universe which surrounds him.’