Fall 2017 Special Course Offering

11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Mon. & Wed., Walnut Grove Campus

Dr. Andrew Klager, Tuition: $650 plus textbooks. Registration fee of $100 will be waived. 

Course Description

Explore the theological, spiritual, philosophical, social, and political thought of the Latin and Greek Church Fathers from the Apostolic Fathers of the first and second century to St. John of Damascus in the middle of the eighth century. To give the development of patristic thought some context, students will also learn about the intellectual, religious, liturgical, political, and economic world in which the Church Fathers lived and wrote. Key points of interest in the course include the development of the early Christian liturgies and their theological importance, the monastic sensitivities of the patristic era, the development of the New Testament canon, the Ecumenical Councils and the Christological and Trinitarian controversies especially in the fourth and fifth centuries.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to: • Recount the intellectual, spiritual, socio-economic, and political world that shaped Christianity in ancient Rome and Byzantium up to the middle of the eighth century; • Identify and describe the key theological contributions of many of the most prominent Church Fathers; • Outline some of the major themes in patristic literature and the various shifts in emphasis of the Church Fathers depending on the context in which they wrote; • Understanding some of the major developments and processes in the patristic era that the Church Fathers were instrumental in shaping and guiding; • Interact meaningfully with and describe the relevant and more recent historiographical issues and debates surrounding the study of the Church Fathers and scholarly perspectives on their abiding legacy and implications for society and the Church today.