Pre-Nicene Christianity: The Formation of the Theological Tradition

Jul 5–Jul 9 8:30AM–11:30AM
THEO 516 1–2 Credits (1 Audit)

Course Description

Examine Christian theology in the period leading up to the Council of Nicaea, focusing on central figures and important themes: Christology, triadology, and anthropology; sin, passion, and death; Scripture and exegesis. What is the nature and method of theology itself? What criteria (if any) regulates it? What texts count as Scripture and should they be interpreted? What are the central teachings of Christianity regarding Christ, God, the Spirit, and salvation history? And how do the Fathers understand and articulate such teachings? Finally, looking to the witness of the martyrs, consider what it means to truly follow Christ.

Live Online and Recorded: This course is being offered online with live class sessions in Summer 2021. If you are not able to attend the live online classes because of time zone differences, be aware that recordings of each class will also be made available on the course Moodle site until Midnight PDT on the second Saturday after the course.

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There are no prerequisites for this course.