Cappadocian Legacy

This postgraduate unit  explores the fourth century representatives of the Cappadocian patristic tradition within their historical milieu, their connections with other strands of tradition, and their lasting significance for the history of theology and the Christian experience.

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Credit Points



T8581 Church Fathers: An Introduction

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the historical, ecclesial and cultural context within which the fourth century representatives of the Cappadocian tradition flourished
  2. Evaluate the ways in which the Cappadocians assimilated and transformed the earlier patristic tradition
  3. Display a profound awareness of the theological and spiritual legacy of the fourth century Cappadocians
  4. Critically analyse the selected writings of the Cappadocians from the viewpoint of their theological and spiritual significance
  5. Critically assess the relevant scholarship
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