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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

RELG 3150 - History of Early Christianity

Hours: 4
This course is a survey of the rise and expansion of Christianity from the beginning of the second century to the Reformation, and it details both the institutional and the intellectual history of the Christian Church during those centuries. Institutional history involves questions such as: When and how did the Papacy first appear? What events precipitated the Protestant Reformation? Intellectual history focuses on the important theological ideas one finds in early Christianity such as how did early Christian thinkers understand the nature of the soul, the imperfection of the physical world, and human sinfulness? The course balances these historical and theological issues with detailed examinations of the lives and thought of important Christian theologians. Students need not have any background in Christianity to do well in this course. The textbooks and the lectures all presume that the student has very little knowledge of Christianity.