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TITLE Patristic Themes 2: Christ and Church

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


DEPARTMENT Church History, Patrology and Palaeochristian Arch

DESCRIPTION Pre-requisite:

Basic studies in theology or a relevant area of study


The credit aims at showing that, although the Fathers of the Church had, in Sacred Scripture, a common source for their teaching on Christ and His saving work, they still expressed their beliefs in an extremely interesting variety of forms. Their social, cultural and intellectual formation and milieus told on their respective approaches to the problem. Personal motivations and aspirations were often heavily influenced and dictated by the needs of the particular church they led, served and wrote for.
Three aspects of Patristic ecclesiological affirmations, will be studied namely those relating to: (i) the origins of the Church as Mystery [cf Eph 5,32] (ii) the main Symbols with which the Church was referred to by the Fathers; (iii) the study of the Church as a Divine Institution in these early Christian centuries. Each of these three levels of approach will then be supported by salient relevant texts from the writings of these early Christian men of the Church.

Reading List:

- BELLINI E., Su Cristo il grande dibattito nel quarto secolo, Jaca Book, Milano 1976.
- GRILLMEIER Aloys, Christ in Christian Tradition, Oxford (2nd ed. rev.). nd.
- SIMONETTI Manlio, Studi sulla cristologia del II e III secolo, SEA v.44, Roma 1993.
- STUDER, Basil, osb., Dominus Salvator, Studia Anselmiana v. 107, Roma 1992.
- GUILLOU Le, M.J., Christ and Church, New York 1966.
- HALTON Thomas, The Church. Message of the Fathers of the Church - 4, Delaware l985.
- HILL Edmund, Ministry and Authority in the Catholic Church, London 1988.
- KUNG Hans, The Church, London 1969.
- LUBAC Henri de, The Motherhood of the Church, San Francisco l982. [see especially pp., 47-58: Part One: Patristic Testimony].


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

LECTURER/S Salvino Caruana

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