1st semester: Thursday morning, cross listed Church History CH2511Y/CH3511Y   (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

A study of the theology, history, and spirituality of the patristic period from the apostles’ deaths to the pontificate of Gregory the Great (600CE). Through a study of the writings of the key patristic figures, we come to appreciate the diverse cultures and experiences that marked the earliest centuries of the church. These events have enduring relevance to the contemporary church.

PREREQUISITES: 15 points of Systematic Theology at Level 1

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2:

  1. identify the principal themes within patristic theology
  2. locate the early development of church doctrine within its wider historical and cultural context
  3. employ primary and secondary sources in the analysis of patristic themes
  4. assess the enduring impact of patrology upon contemporary theology and spirituality
  5. compose a sustained argument on the work and thought of a selected patristic author

Level 3:

  1. identify the principal themes within patristic theology
  2. locate the early development of church doctrine within its wider historical and cultural context
  3. employ primary and secondary sources in the analysis of patristic themes
  4. assess the enduring impact of patrology upon contemporary theology and spirituality
  5. compose a sustained argument on the work and thought of a selected patristic author

6.demonstrate the mutual influence of historical events and theological developments upon each   other in the patristic era

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 1500 word document study (40%); 2500 word major essay (60%)

Level 3: 2000 word document study (40%); 3000 word major essay (60%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Chadwick, Henry. The Church in Ancient Society: From Galilee to Gregory the Great. London: OUP, 2002.

Drobner, Hubertus R. The Fathers of the Church: A Comprehensive Introduction. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007.

Hamman, Adalbert. How to Read the Church Fathers. London: SCM Press, 1993.

Harmless, William. Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism. Oxford: OUP, 2004.

Irvin, Dale. Christian Histories, Christian Traditioning: Rendering Account. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998.

Louth, Andrew. The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition from Plato to Denys. Oxford: Clarendon, 1983.

Meredith, Anthony. The Cappadocians. Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary, 1995.

Quasten, Johannes. Patrology. 4 Vols. Westminster: Christian Classics, 1986-88.

Ramsay, Boniface. Beginning to Read the Fathers. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1985.

Silvas, Anna M. Macrina the Younger: Philosopher of God. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2008.

Wetzel, James. Augustine: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Continuum, 2010.

 

Lecturer: CARMEL POSA SGS