The School of Ministry at the University of Dallas is extremely pleased to begin offering the four-year After the New Testament Series in Shreveport, Louisiana in Fall 2013. Grow in a deeper relationship with God while studying Church history onsite at the Greco Institute in Shreveport with a professionally trained instructor and fellow classmates.
“Church Fathers and Councils” is a review of the significant issues of the early Church in the fourth and fifth centuries based on the writings of the principal authors of the period. This course will survey the literature of the period hearing first hand from those who were there what concerns held their attention and how they formulated a response. A broad spectrum of issues emerges including the first church history, Christological and Trinitarian controversies, the development of biblical canons, doctrinal and creedal formulations, the rise of monasticism and much more. Authors include Eusebius, Augustine, Jerome, Athanasius, and many others.
“Church Fathers and Councils” is a non-credit course open to all adults, but may be of particular interest to graduates of the Catholic Biblical School, students who completed “After the New Testament,” and others with a background in Scripture, history or ministry. This course is the second in a four-part series, which focuses on the life of the Church after the biblical period.
Schedule & Topics:
All classes will be from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm each day.
|September 20, 2014||
“Christianity and the Imperial House”
The growing link between the Church and the state in the later Roman Empire
|October 11, 2014||
“Becoming a Christian”
The process of being “made” a Christian in the fourth and fifth centuries
|November 8, 2014||
“Christian Leadership”The entrenchment of clergy in the public world of the Roman Empire
|December 6, 2014||
“Heresy and Orthodoxy”The movement from anxiety over diversity of theological opinion to insistence on enforcement of truth and unity
|January 17, 2015||
“Canons and Creeds”The attempt to standardize Christian beliefs and practices and the decrees of four early Church councils
|February 7, 2015||
“Asceticism and Monasticism”The pursuit of spiritual perfection by embracing ascetic and monastic lifestyles
|March 7, 2015||
“Pilgrims, Relics, Holy Places, and Lives of the Saints”The emergence of cults of holy places and relics and the imitation of the saints
|April 11, 2015||
“The Christian Bible”The formation of the Christian canon and ongoing development of rich and creative forms of interpretation
|May 2, 2015||
“Christian Art and Architecture and Christianity Outside the Roman Empire”The articulation of Christian identity through artistic expression and the broadening of Christian identity beyond the Roman world
Christianity in Late Antiquity: A Reader by Bart D. Ehrman and Andrew S. Jacobs; Oxford University Press, 2004.
Reading assigned pages from textbook and handouts. No other homework, papers or tests.
To download a printable course description and syllabus, click here.
Registration Deadlines & Fees
(rate based on date of registration)
|Early||$590||May 30, 2014|
|Regular||$625||September 6, 2014**|
|Late||$645||September 15, 2014|
Fall - September 6, 2014
Fall - September 7, 2014
**A minimum of 30 paid students are needed by August 15, 2014 for the class to make.
Limited scholarships are available from the School of Ministry on an "as need" basis only. Under no circumstances would a scholarship be more than half the tuition.