This is an introductory unit on the writings of the Fathers of the Church and their important contribution to the formation of Orthodox theology. The focus of the unit is to introduce these early Christian theologians as the great teachers of the Orthodox faith or doctrine and highlight their contribution through the Fathers’ explanation of the Christian dogma and their refutation of heresies. Students will study Patristic texts arranged historically and through the common classifications of the Fathers. For example, the Apostolic Fathers, the Apologists, the Latin Fathers, the Alexandrians (both the Fathers of Alexandria, such as Clement of Alexandria and the great teachers such as Saint Athanasius and Saint Cyril of Alexandria) and the Cappadocian Fathers (i.e. St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nazianzus).

Unit Code: CT1409A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the contribution that each of the Fathers have made in explaining the Orthodox faith.


Identify distinguishing features of the thought of each Father and the content of his major works.


Classify writings of the Fathers historically and according to commonly used categories


Explain the fundamental principles of a particular father, or explain a particular heresy


Lectures. An introduction will be given on every Church Father and then selected patristic texts will be read and discussed.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay - 2000 words

0 50.0

Essay - 2000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-03 10:46:57 +1100