Essay 40% / Exam 60%
- Introduce the key themes, events and personalities in the early history of the Christian Church.
- Provide students with a good overview of the most up to date scholarship on the history of Early Christianity.
- Early Christian communities and the spread of Christianity
- Relations between the early Christians and the Roman Empire
- The Early Fathers and their contribution to the evolution of Theology
- Ebionites and Marcionites
- Constantine and Imperial Christianity
- Trinitarian and Christological controversies
- Augustine’s struggle against Donatism and Pelagianism
- The birth of monasticism in Egypt and Syria
- The development of a Canon of Scripture
- Apocryphal gospels and what they tell us about early Christianity
- The rise of the papacy
- Patrick and early Christianity in Ireland
- — Appreciate the main events and personalities of the Early Church
- — Appreciate the main Christian writers and the major writings
- — Be familiar with the different models of Church-State relations in the first millennium.
- — An understanding of the early heresies and theological controversies.
- — A familiarity with the political and theological backgrounds to the earliest Christian councils
- — Joseph H. Lynch, Early Christianity: a brief history. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
- — Joseph F. Kelly, The ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church: a history. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009.
- — Margaret M. Mitchell and Frances M. Young (eds.), The Cambridge History of Christianity volume 1: Origins to Constantine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
- — Morwenna Ludlow, The Early Church: the I.B. Tauris History of the Christian Church. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2009.