271A The Theology of the Apostolic Fathers
The writings of the New Testament are the foundation of the Christian faith. A collection of 27 books represent the literary production of the followers of Jesus. The writings after this period are called patristic literature and reveal how Christianity grew and changed over the centuries. There are 10 authors who are traditionally called the Apostolic Fathers. Some are well known figures of the early second century such as Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna while others are anonymous. In this course, we will examine the theology of the Apostolic Fathers. The writings of these early Church Fathers cover a wide genre of literary style from an apocalyptic worldview to a Christian apologetic.
Fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.