Early Byzantine Patristic Theology

The unit Early Byzantine Patristic Theology engages the thought and methods of the early Byzantine Fathers, investigating the major trends within the Greek Christian tradition from the fourth to the ninth century, especially relating to Christology and the Fathers’ contribution to the ecumenical councils. Building on Early Church Fathers, it assists students to understand the connection between historical circumstances, the spiritual life and the formulation of Christian theology in the early Byzantine period.

Study Level




Sub Discipline

Systematic Theology

Credit Points



T7171 Early Church Fathers



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the historical and ecclesial contexts of various trends in early Byzantine tradition
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the main theological and spiritual themes developed by the early Byzantine Fathers
  3. Critically review the primary and secondary sources in the analysis of early Byzantine themes such as Christology and mystical theology
  4. Critically analyse themes developed by the early Byzantine Fathers within their immediate and distant literary and historical contexts
  5. Apply the patristic Byzantine tradition within contemporary scholarship and the Christian experience.
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