Schedule:

Week 1:

Lecture – Introduction to Church History

Discussion – Noll, Clean Sea Breezes
Discussion – Singer, Biblical View of History

Lecture – Old & New Test. Background

Readings
Discussion – Old & New Testament Background

Lecture – The Canon of Scripture

Readings

Lecture – The Roman Empire and the Context of the Early Church

Readings


Week 2:

Lecture – Apostles

Lecture – Apostolic Fathers

Readings
Discussion – The Apostles & Apostolic Fathers

Lecture – Persecution

Readings
Discussion – Persecution


Week 3:

Lecture – Second Cent. Apologists

Readings
Discussion – Justin & Biblical Theology

Lecture – Gnosticism

Readings
Discussion – Gnosticism

Lecture – Montanism

Discussion – Montanist


Week 4:

Lecture – Second Cent. Polity

Readings

Lecture – Second Cent. Worship

Lecture – A Second Cent. Worship Service

Readings
Four Discussions


Week 5:

Lecture – Clement

Discussion – Plato’s wisdom
Readings

Lecture – Origen

Discussion – Origen & Scripture
Readings

Lecture – Tertullian

Readings

Lecture – Cyprian

Discussion – Cyprian
Readings


Week 6: Midterm Exam


Week 7:

Lecture – Third Century Worship Service

Readings

Lecture – Baptism

Readings


Week 8:

Lecture – Hermeneutics & Preaching

Discussion – Allegorizing in Diodore
Discussion – Theodore & the Allegorizers


Week 9:

Lecture – Empires & Religion

Reading

Lecture – Final Wave of Persecution

Discussion – Lactantius & the Persecutors

Lecture – Constantine

Readings


Week 10:

Lecture – Arius

Reading

Lecture – Athanasius

Reading

Lecture – The Lives of the Cappadocians

Reading

Lecture – The Theology of the Cappadocians

Reading

Lecture – Chrysostom

Reading


Week 11:

Lecture – Ambrose

Reading

Lecture – Jerome

Lecture – The Growth of Hierarchy & Ceremony

Reading

Lecture – The Rise of Ritual & Ceremony in Worship

Reading


Week 12:

Lecture – Fourth & Fifth Cent. Controversies

Readings


Week 13:

Lecture – Biography

Discussion – Augustine, City of God
Readings

Lecture – Donatism

Lecture – Pelagianism

Discussion – Augustine’s Confessions

Bibliography on Augustine


Week 14:  No further assignments


Week 15:  Final exam