Fall 2009

History of Christianity--The Early Years

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-45


Robert Doran (Section 01)


This course deals with issues which arose in the first five centuries of the Christian Church. We will examine first how Christians defined themselves vis-à-vis the Greek intellectual environment, and also Christian separation from and growing intolerance towards Judaism. Secondly, we will investigate Christians’ relationship to the Roman state both before and after their privileged position under Constantine and his successors. Thirdly, the factors at play in the debates over the divinity and humanity of Jesus will be examined. Finally, we will look at the rise and function of the holy man in late antique society as well as the relationship of this charismatic figure to the institutional leaders of the Christian Church. Note will be taken that if it is primarily an issue of the holy man, what happened to the realization of the claim that “in Christ there is neither male nor female”? What too of the claim that “in Christ there is neither free nor slave”?

Fall semester.  Professor Doran.

RELI 45 - L/D

Section 01
M 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 210
W 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 210
F 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 210


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014