T8174
Byzantine Patristic Theology – 9th to 15th Centuries

The unit Byzantine Patristic Theology – 9th to 15th Centuries engages the thought and methods of the middle and later Byzantine Fathers, investigating the major trends within the Greek Christian tradition from the ninth to the fifteenth century, with a special emphasis on Orthodox spirituality. Building on Early Byzantine Fathers, it assists students to understand the connection between historical circumstances, the spiritual life and the formulation of Orthodox Christian theology and spirituality in the middle and later Byzantine period.

 

Study Level

Postgraduate

Discipline

Theology

Sub Discipline

Systematic Theology

Credit Points

9

Prerequisites

T8161 Church Fathers: An Introduction

Exclusions

Nil

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the historical and ecclesial contexts of various trends in middle and later Byzantine tradition
  2. Investigate the main theological and spiritual themes developed by the middle and later Byzantine Fathers
  3. Understand recent developments of knowledge in relation to primary and secondary sources on middle and later patristic Byzantine themes such as iconology, hesychasm and mystical theology
  4. Investigate, analyse and synthesise themes developed by the middle and later Byzantine Fathers within their immediate and distant literary and historical contexts
  5. Apply with initiative the later Byzantine patristic tradition within contemporary scholarship and Orthodox Christian experience.
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