This unit will proceed through a close reading of the primary texts (in translation, with close analysis of selected passages in Greek), covering the wide range of St Gregory’s interests and the primary genres in which he wrote, epistolary, poetry and homiletic. Students will be expected to familiarise themselves with contemporary scholarship on St Gregory and to examine aspects of his writings or thought, engaging with a broad range of secondary material.

Unit Code: CH9529A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Explore relevant patristic texts in terms of genre, historical context and theological contribution


Appraise the theological vision of St Gregory


Examine the theological streams that flowed into the work of St Gregory


Critically evaluate the role of the works of St Gregory in the establishment of Nicene theology


Investigate the material studied in relation to contemporary theological, exegetical, and hermeneutical issues


This unit will focus on developing skills in patristic reading using the texts of St Gregory as its core material. Throughout the unit students will learn how to assess their own reading of patristic texts against chosen frameworks.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

Critical Review 1000 words

0 20.0

Essay 2000 words

0 30.0

3000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 12 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-01 14:21:52 +1100