COS 212 - Theological Heritage: Early and Medieval

June 30 - July 9 : 8:30 - 11:30 am

Instructor: Catherine Tinsley Tuell, Ph.D.

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Course Description

This course reflects critically on significant individuals, decisive events, and fundamental tenets of the Christian faith as found in the early church and in medieval Christianity. Utilizing the categories of grace and faith as focusing lenses, the student appropriates the Christian heritage and enters into the church’s ongoing task of interpreting, articulating, and enacting the gospel for contemporary life. There is some use of primary sources.

Course Objectives

  1. Examination of an emerging Christian orthodoxy in dialogue and debate with Gnosticism, Montanism, Marcionism, and Greek philosophy
  2. Study of major theologians and church leaders whose writings focus on key doctrinal issues (for example, Origen, Tertullian, Ireneaus, Augustine, Aquinas, Pseudo-Dionysius)
  3. Engagement with pivotal theological concerns in their historical context (for example, faith and reason, authority of predestination, eschatology)
  4. Focus upon the distinctive aspects of Eastern Orthodox theologies compared with Roman Catholicism
  5. Exploration of major theological developments in medieval Christianity
  6. Appreciation and appropriation of the relevance of historical theology for pastoral ministry

Required Textbooks

Gonzalez, Justo. The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. New York:HarperCollins, 2010. Note: The required edition is the second edition, revised and updated (2010). ISBN 9780061855887

This class requires homework to be turned in before the class starts:
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