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Semester 1

The Making of Christian Orthodoxy 325-451 (DIVI10021)







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Visiting students should have passed at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above; we will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

An examination of the historical and doctrinal forces behind the first four ecumenical councils, Nicaga (325), Constantinople 1 (381), Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451) and their definitions of the nature of God and of Christ.

Course Description

Academic Description: The first four Christian ecumenical councils - Nicaea (325), Constantinople I (381), Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451) - have been key to the theological self-understanding of many of the world's churches, East and West. Students attending this course will examine and comment on the central documents of each of the councils, such as the Nicene Creed and the Chalcedonian Definition, and others parallel to them, considering the complex historical and doctrinal forces which shaped these councils and their definitions of the nature of God and of Christ. The course will consider what was at stake both for those who took part in the councils and for those who accepted or rejected their authority.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 90%, Practical Exam 10%

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