This unit explores the context and writings of the Second Century AD, particularly the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and the early apologists. Students are guided through a close and critical reading of select texts, paying attention to genre, rhetoric and theological discourse. Students will learn to let ancient texts speak for themselves, without reading their own opinions into them; this will be done by analysing their content, context, methodology, authorial intent and appropriation by readership of subsequent centuries. The relevance of these texts to contemporary social and theological challenges will be discussed. The views of modern scholarship, interpretation and criticism of these ancient texts will also be presented and discussed.

Unit Code: CH1420A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the message, content and theology of the Apostolic Fathers and the apologists of the second century


Read early Christian texts with understanding, identifying the genre, methodology, historical context and theological contribution


Articulate the theological issues at stake in second century centres of Christianity


Explore themes from the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and the early apologists and place them in dialogue with contemporary culture


Engage with modern scholarly discussion elucidating the primary source material


Weekly lectures Weekly readings from primary texts Weekly readings from secondary set texts peer-reviewed journals


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Wiki Forum Post (250 words)

0 10.0

Wiki Forum Post (250 words)

0 10.0

Essay (1,500 words)

0 30.0

Essay (2,000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-14 14:48:40 +1100