Patristic Theology

The development of theology in the early Church

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Oct 9

Introduction
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Oct 17

Apostolic Fathers
The Didache, Ignatius of Antioch, Letters
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Oct 24

The Refutation of Heresy
Irenaeus, Against Heresies
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Oct 31

2nd and 3rd Century Carthage
Tertullian, On the Prescription of Heretics, Cyprian, On the Unity of the Catholic Church
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Nov 7

2nd and 3rd Century Alexandria
Origen, On First Principles, book 6, Exhortation to Martyrdom
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Nov 21

4th Century Alexandria
Athanasius, On the Incarnation
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Nov 28

4th Century West
Augustine, On Christian Doctrine
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Dec 5

Monastic Theology
Evagrius Ponticus, On the Mind's Journey to the Holy Trinity
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Dec 12

Rome
Papal Writings
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Jan 9

Dionysius the Areapagite
The Celestial Heirarchy, chapters 1-4
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Jan 16

Conclusion
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