This unit offers an historical theological study of the first five centuries of Christianity with an emphasis on the practice and belief of the community. 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: CH8009T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


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


Apply key principles of historical interpretation to ancient Christian texts.


Identify key features of the context and method of at least two writers in the early Christian church


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


Discuss the implications of particular historical understandings for the practice of ministry in the contemporary Christian church.


There are six fortnightly sessions covering key themes and texts relating to Practice and Belief. Each session consists of guided reading in primary and secondary sources, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quiz equivalent of 500 words

0 10.0

Short paper of 1000 words

0 15.0

Short paper of 1000 words

0 15.0

3500-word essay

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-26 11:09:23 +1100