This is an introductory unit on the writings of the Fathers of the Church and their important contribution to the formation of Orthodox theology. The focus of the unit is to introduce these early Christian theologians as the great teachers of the Orthodox faith or doctrine and highlight their contribution through the Fathers’ explanation of the Christian dogma, and their refutation of heresies. Students will study Patristic texts arranged historically and through the common classifications of the Fathers. For example, the Apostolic Fathers, the Apologists, the Latin Fathers, the Alexandrians (both the Fathers of Alexandria, such as Clement of Alexandria and the great teachers such as Saint Athanasius and Saint Cyril of Alexandria) and the Cappadocian Fathers (i.e. St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nazianzus).
Critically evaluate the contribution that each of the Fathers have made in explaining the Orthodox faith
Analyse the distinguishing features of the thought of a selection of Fathers and the content of their major works
Justify the classifications of Church Father writings historically and according to commonly used categories
Investigate the fundamental principles of a particular father, or investigate a particular heresy
Examine, appraise and where relevant, challenge the conclusions of modern scholarship on interpretive difficulties in the writings of a selection of Fathers
Weekly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session.
Written Assessment Task 2000 word
Written Assessment Task 3000 word
Written Assessment Task 1000 word
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 11:08:21 +1100