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Church History, Patrology & Palæochristian Archaeology

The main objective of the Department of Church History, Patrology, and Palæochristian Archaeology is to provide a better and clearer comprehension of the Church; for the understanding of present day modern problems; for a deeper understanding of the concept and sovereignty of truth; and for an effective apologia of the Church.

The different credits provide a basic introduction to the main areas of study. These include new courses on the Church in Malta; Christianity and European Integration; the development of Christian Thought and Practice in Europe; Church, State, and Society in Malta since 1921; Patristic studies, especially related to St Augustine.

The Department is one of the few that offers courses specifically in the method of research: it proves to be in fact a useful academic instrument for several students belonging to other faculties.

The twofold focus of research is local ecclesiastical history within a European context and Patristic studies, especially on St. Augustine. This research is promoted through seminars and conferences as well as by advising and supervising students on the sources and methods of research.


 Head of Department: Rev. Dr Konrad Grech, S.J.


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