This unit is a foundation for further study in Christian Thought and History. It offers historical study of the first five centuries of Christianity with an emphasis on the practice and belief of the community, focussing especially on monastic sources. It examines the formal clarification of doctrine through key primary texts in the light of the wider life of the church, offering an introduction to Christian traditions of theological reflection.

Unit Code: CH1010P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline a chronology of key events within the Christian community c.70–500 CE and describe their significance


Articulate key principles of historical interpretation of ancient Christian texts.


Identify key features of the context and method of at least one writer in the early Christian church


Interpret a range of historical sources with an array of historical tools.


Discuss the implications of historical understanding for ministry in the contemporary Christian church


8 days intensive, lecture/seminar style


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Topic Essay x 1500 words

0 40.0

Research Essay x 2500 words

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-14 11:17:01 +1100