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TITLE Patristic Themes 1: God and Man

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Church History, Patrology and Palaeochristian Arch

DESCRIPTION Pre-Requisite Study Unit

Basic studies in theology or a relevant area of study


As regards the question of God, the Patristic evolution of the baptismal formula (or confession of faith) would be studied. The apocalyptic, soteriological, philosophical, and Gnostic contexts.
As regards the question of man, the study would focus on the Patristic theology of man created in God’s image and would examine the implications of this theology to our understanding fo the capacities and destiny of the human being.

Reading List

- HANSON R.P.C., The Search For The Christian Doctrine of God, Edinburgh 1988.
- HILL , The Three-Personed God. The Trinity as a Mystery of Salvation, Washingtom D.C., 1982.
- KELLY J.N.D., Early Christian Creeds, London 1968 (4th ed.).
- KELLY J.N.D., Early Christian Doctrines, London 1984 (4th ed.).
- KASPER Walter, The God of Jesus Christ, London 1984.
- PRESTIGE G.L., God in Patristic Thought, London 1952.
- MORETTI M., Dualismo greco e antropologia cristiana, L’Aquila 1989.
- PHAN Peter, Grace and Human Condition. Message of the Fathers of the Church, v.15, Delaware 1988.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Salvino Caruana

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