Early Church History Syllabus

  1. After Acts
    Life in the early early church

  2. Persecution of the Saints
    How the early Christians took up their cross and followed Jesus. Learn the stories of Ignatius, Polycarp, and Perpetua.

  3. Dos, Don’t, and Donatists
    Is the church a society of saints, or a school for sinners? How should we deal with those who lapsed?

  4. Montanus to the right of them, Marcion to the left of them

  5. Canon in front of them
    How the New Testament was formed.

  6. Love the Lord with all thy mind
    The early apologists and how they built the intellectual foundations for the faith.

  7. Love not the world
    St. Anthony and the birth of monasticism

  8. By this sign, conquer!
    Constantine the Great, and how Christianity went from being persecuted to ruling the empire.

  9. Who do you say that I am?
    The Council of Niceae and the Arian controversy.

  10. Preachers and Politicians
    The tangled webs of church and state issues.

  11. Saint Augustine of Hippo
    “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.”

  12. The Fall of Rome
    It was the end of the world as they knew it.

  13. Now What?
    Links to resources where you can delve deeper.
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