Content

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: CH2420A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

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

2.

Defend or Challenge the theological contribution of a particular reading of early Christian texts, paying attention to genre, methodology and historical context

3.

Appraise an ancient’s author’s response to the theological issues at stake in second century centres of Christianity, showing awareness of antecedent theological reflection

4.

Understand an ancient author’s response to the culture of the time and delineate the ways in which the same text can be appropriately placed in dialogue with contemporary culture

5.

Examine, appraise and where relevant, challenge the conclusions of modern scholarship on interpretive difficulties in ancient texts

Unit sequence

Pedagogy

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

Assessments

Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Wiki

Wiki Forum Post (250 words)

0 10.0
Wiki

Wiki Forum Post (250 words)

0 10.0
Essay

Essay (1,500 words)

0 30.0
Critical Review

Review of peer-reviewed journal article (500 words)

0 10.0
Essay

Essay (2,000 words)

0 40.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 10 Aug, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-20 12:12:50 +1100