Patristic Theology

First Semester
Fridays 10.50-12.25
Year 2

Course outline

Learning goals

At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to (1) Identify the general characteristics and major concerns of the different ages of Patristic Theology: apostolic fathers, apologists, third-century theology, fourth-century theology, monastic theology, mystical theology. Be able to give examples of important thinkers in each age. (2) Identify important themes in the following: The Didache, Ignatius of Antioch, Tertullian, Cyprian of Carthage, Origen of Alexandria, Athanasius, Augustine, Evagrius Ponticus, Macarian Homilies, Leo the Great, Dionysius the Areopagite, Maximus the Confessor (3) Identify the context and meaning of the following terms/concerns: The approach to Scripture (spiritual senses of Scripture, allegory, meaning of revelation), progress in holiness (apatheia, penthos, deification), our relationship to Christ (recapitulation, “God became human that humans might become gods”), philosophy and theology (knowledge of God, Athens and Jerusalem, Ancient Rome and Christianity), the meaning of the Church (“no salvation outside the Church”, hierarchy, liturgical theology)