From Cyprian to Augustine: Exploring the Trajectory of Authority in the Early Church (HCH915G SP 14)
- Teacher: J. Jayakiran Sebastian
This course seeks to trace the question of authority in relation to the church as well as the state by taking as examples the controversies triggered off by Cyprian of Carthage, the Constantinian legacy, and the Augustinian attempts to come to terms with Pelagianism and Donatism. Working with the hermeneutical principle that one should reach back in order to move forward, it is hoped that wrestling with the question of authority in relation to various issues, including wealth and poverty in the early church, will enable the students to get better acquainted with the complexity of the issues and themes that confronted the early teachers of faith, whose contribution to doctrine and life continues to impact and influence theological reflection and praxis today.
A broad overview of the emergence and growth, as well as the challenges and conflicts, which characterize Christianity in Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America, and Oceania. Using source material as well as general histories, this course will survey the complex ways in which Christianity spread ‘to the ends of the earth’ and the impact that it has and
continues to have on the peoples who inhabit these geographical areas. [GL]
Old Curriculum: MDiv American/Global Church History requirement, MDiv global option, MAR
global/ecumenical/interfaith requirement, or free elective.
New Curriculum: MDiv Church History 1 (Heritage of the Faith) option, MAR Church History option, or free