This unit uses text, art and artefact to explore developments in theology and Christian practice in early church communities, to 500 CE. It then explores through text, film and liturgical practice how ancient Christianity is reflected in selected modern interpretations and practices. Themes include: unity and diversity of belief and practice; church identity in early and modern periods; the relationship between body and soul; the tension between charismatic and institutional forms of ministry and authority; the Trinitarian and Christological debates; issues of historical religious primitivism.

Unit Code: CH8001S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify significant dates, people and themes in the Early Church’s theology and practice


Apply key principles of historical interpretation to a diverse range of primary sources


Demonstrate an understanding of how an aspect of theology or practice developed over time within the Early Church


Describe how selected modern church interpretations and practices (incl. Restorationist, Fundamentalist, Pentecostal and Primitivist) reflect and understand a relationship to aspects of early church


Assess the impact of the interpretation of an aspect of the Early Church’s theology or practice within a modern church’s identity, worldview and tradition.

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: Foundational / first level Early Church History units


Lecture, tutorial, online resource provision


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Source Analysis of 1500 words

0 25.0

Essay of 3000 words

0 50.0
Book Review

Book/Film Review of 1500 words

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-26 09:38:58 +1100