Later Byzantine Patristic Theology

The unit Later Byzantine Patristic Theology 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




Sub Discipline

Systematic Theology

Credit Points



T7272 Early Byzantine Patristic Theology



Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the historical and ecclesial contexts of various trends in the middle and later Byzantine tradition
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the main theological and spiritual themes developed by the middle and later Byzantine Fathers
  • Critically review the primary and secondary sources on middle and later patristic Byzantine themes such as iconology, hesychasm, and mystical theology
  • Critically analyse themes developed by the middle and later Byzantine Fathers within their immediate and distant literary and historical contexts
  • Apply the patristic Byzantine tradition within contemporary scholarship and Orthodox Christian experience.
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