HIST 1776 Varieties of Early Christianity

Through early Christian literature (such as non-canonical gospels and the writings of the Church Fathers) and various types of archaeological evidence, this course examines the many different and often competing forms of Christianity that developed in the first four centuries of the common era. Among the areas of examination are key theological issues, creedal formulation, Gnosticism, martyrdom, asceticism, Christian relations with pagans and Jews, and the battles over orthodoxy and heresy. We also assess the conversion of Constantine and the social and political implications of the Christianization of the Roman Empire.

Combined Sections:
CLASS 1432
RELGST 1130

Number of Credits

3

Term

Spring

Major

Area of Interest

General Education Requirements

Subject

HIST

Number

1776

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