The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

CHHT 543 Christian Origins

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This course introduces students to the tumultuous first three-hundred years of the Christian church, from its origins as a small apocalyptically-minded Jewish reform movement, through its centuries-long struggle to define and assert itself in a pervasively hostile "pagan" environment, to its eventual establishment as an imperial church complete with canon and creed, and an increasingly influential cadre of powerful bishops.  A theme running throughout the course will be the surprising variety that existed among these early Christ believers, as well as the significant challenges this diversity posed for developing orthodoxy.