Eras and Classical Authors in the History of Christian Thinking

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Eras and Classical Authors in the History of Christian Thinking

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module examines discourse about God in Eastern and Western European Christianity from the Patristic to the Modern eras. It examines key events and themes in theological history. These include: the role and achievements in Christology of the Ecumenical Councils in the Patristic period with a focus on Nicaea (325); the Great Schism East and West in relation to theologies of the Holy Spirit; the role of the Monasteries with a focus on the Rule of St Benedict; the Medieval synthesis of Aristotelian philosophy and Christian theology (Aquinas); the Reformation (Luther) and Counterreformation (Council of Trent); theology in the Enlightenment period (Schleiermacher); and in the Modern and Contemporary eras including the theological reception of humanist atheism (Feuerbach) and nihilism (Nietzsche).

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