The early Church is a mystery to many modern Christians. Spend a few weeks reading and discussing the important Christian thinkers of the ancient period with Memoria College philosophy professor and classicist Dr. Dan Sheffler.
We will read and discuss several short works from the “apostolic age,” including the letters of Clement and Ignatius, and the anonymous works Letter to Diognetus and the Martyrdom of Polycarp. We will then read from the period of the “apologists,” including selections from Justin Martyr and Tertullian. We will then turn our attention to a number of controversies that troubled the early church, focusing on the anti-Arian writing of Athanasius and Gregory of Nazianzus. Student will learn about the conversion of the Roman Empire from Constantine to the death of Augustine and consider the transition to the middle ages as Christianity becomes fully ascendant, reading Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy.