The Cappadocian Legacy

T9686A

 

      
Unit Weighting       

9 cps

Type of Unit       

Specialised Graduate Unit

Pre-requisites        

T8581A Church Fathers: An Introduction

Academic Staff     

TBA

Curriculum Objectives

This graduate course unit explores the fourth century representatives of the Cappadocian patristic tradition within their historical milieu, their connections with other strands of tradition, and their lasting significance for the history of theology and the Christian experience.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. appraise the historical, ecclesial and cultural context within which the fourth century representatives of the Cappadocian tradition flourished
  2. evaluate the ways in which the Cappadocians assimilated and transformed the earlier patristic tradition
  3. display a profound awareness of the theological and spiritual legacy of the fourth century Cappadocians
  4. critically analyse the selected writings of the Cappadocians from the viewpoint of their theological and spiritual significance
  5. critically assess the relevant scholarship

Content

  1. The historical and cultural context of fourth century Cappadocian tradition
  2. The early Christian roots of fourth century Cappadocian tradition
  3. Main representatives of fourth century Cappadocian tradition
  4. The theological significance of fourth century Cappadocian tradition
  5. The spiritual significance of fourth century Cappadocian tradition

Assessment Profile

  1. Show the capacity to critically assess the relevant literature (e.g. summary, review or short essay).
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the main trends and themes in the fourth century Cappadocian tradition (e.g. essay on a particular aspect).
  3. Assess the significance of the Cappadocian tradition in relation to earlier and later theological and spiritual trends (e.g. essay on a given topic).

Schedule

Via distance education