Survey of Early Church History

The early centuries (i.e. to the 4th or 5th centuries) of the Christian church’s history were a formative period where the doctrine was consolidated and institutional structures were established. As such, this period is fundamentally important to an understanding of the subsequent history of the church. The introductory unit Survey of Early Church History provides a survey of the history of the Early Church period, with a focus on the various conflicts, challenges, and relationships that emerged in the period, which provides an understanding of the historical bases of the ongoing development of the church. It is an Elective unit within the Diploma awards.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points






Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify the main cultural, political and religious factors that influenced the spread of the early church;
  2. explain the main doctrinal and institutional issues which marked the period;
  3. compare the contribution of key figures of the Early Church’s history;
  4. utilise appropriate academic sources to inform their understanding of the history of the Early Church;
  5. apply their knowledge of the history of the Early Church to an account of a present-day church issue.
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