This class will examine the key figures of the School of Alexandria (Origen, Athanasius and Cyril), relating them both to the historical development of theology and the controversies in which they were engaged, as well as to abiding issues in scriptural exegesis and systematic theology and the historical and contemporary problem of the split between the Eastern (Chalcedonian) and Oriental (non-Chalcedonian) Churches. The course will combine both lectures on general context and theology, and seminar-style close reading of selected texts (one from each author).

Unit Code: CH9515A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Intensive

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the contribution to Christian thought of the key Fathers of Alexandria


Identify and contrast factors that distinguish Alexandrian Fathers from other early Christian Church Fathers (Western and Cappadocian traditions)


Critically assess the texts written by the Alexandrian Fathers with reference to their genre, historical context and theological contribution


Articulate the theological issues being discussed during this period


Evaluate the material studied with respect to its applicability to contemporary issues


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

Critical Review 1500 words

0 25.0

Essay 1500 words

0 25.0

Essay 3000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by LTC on 2 Jan, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-26 13:04:42 +1100