The Early Church

This postgraduate unit provides an overview of the early centuries of Christian history, including the religious, cultural, and social background of the early church’s faith and practice. It includes a study of persecution, martyrdom, orthodoxy and heresy, the Fathers, and the Councils, up to the time of Constantine I.

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. distinguish and assess the various social, cultural and religious factors in the history of the early Church
  2. critically expound the key contributions of leading figures and significant events in the early Church
  3. give a thorough analysis of the literary representation of Christians, both by themselves and others, in the early Church
  4. assess and construct the mentalities of the various religious and cultural groups in this historical period (Christian, Jewish, and pagan), especially in relation to their view of the early Church
  5. apply the findings of a study of primary sources and secondary studies on the early Church to present historical discussion on the period.
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