B/C204 History of Chistianity: Early Centuries (Meany)
An in-depth exploration into the socio-historical events that shaped early Christianity from the first through the fifth centuries. Utilizing primary resources (in translation) this course will chart the dynamic growth of the Christian movement from its Jewish origins within the Roman Empire to its dominance throughout the Mediterranean world. We will explore the Church’s theological growth, the impact of the Second Sophistic and Neo-Platonism, the origins of desert monasticism, the Great Persecution, Constantinian toleration and early conciliar formulations.
Thursdays, 6 - 9 PM, January 3 - March 21; April 4. Snow date: April 11