A study of the emergence of the Christian Church in its first millennium, with primary emphasis on the period ending in the pontificate of Gregory I. We read and discuss primary sources in translation. Close attention will be given to the development of the major doctrinal themes of the Christian communities (trinity, Christology, doctrine of grace, ecclesiology) within the social and institutional structures of the Late Antique period. This course examines the ways in which Christians related to the world around them, with a special focus on the ascetic traditions and the emergence of the monastic traditions. This class is designed to introduce ministry and research students to the diversity of doctrine and practice of the early church, to provide resources for contemporary ministry informed by the wisdom of the early church, and to introduce students to methods and resources to study the early church.
The January term course is taught as an intensive Jan 11-14 and 19-22