THE-481: History of Development of Christian Doctrine
This course reflects the strong conviction among academics that Jaroslav Pelikan’s 5 volume set “History of the Development of Christian Doctrine” is essential reading for all doctoral students.
Using EUCLID’s standard breakdown of course material in 5 study periods naturally follows the 5 volume organization.
The overall objectives of this course are:
– To understand the main areas of controversy in Christian theology, from an historical perspective
– To understand the specificities of Eastern / Greek theological thought (as distinguished from Latin thought)
– To articulate the main issues associated with the Reformation and how these continue to affect Christianity today.
Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to able to:
discuss the great dates and actors most relevant to the evolution and development of Christian theology, including:
- the so-called Ecumenical Councils
- the Great Schism
- the influence and legacy of St Augustine
- Medieval themes and controversies
- The Reformation and Counter-Reformation
- contemporary issues.