Exploring the Philokalia

Building on T8581 Church Fathers: An Introduction, the unit Exploring the Philokalia engages the main themes pertaining to Philokalic tradition, which it examines within their historical context and from a comparative perspective. It assists students to appreciate the significance of Philokalic tradition for the general Christian experience.

Study Level




Sub Discipline

Systematic Theology

Credit Points



At least one unit in patristic studies at an undergraduate level or T8581 Church Fathers: An Introduction



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Exercise advance skill in appraising the historical, cultural and ecclesial contexts of various trends in Philokalic tradition
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the main texts and themes pertaining to Philokalic tradition
  3. Demonstrate analytical skills in the utilisation of primary sources and the relevant contemporary scholarship relating to Philokalic themes
  4. Reflect critically on the themes pertaining to the Philokalic tradition within their immediate and distant literary and historical contexts
  5. Substantially critique the relevance of Philokalic tradition to contemporary Christian experience.
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