This course focuses on the history and theology of the Church through the first five centuries. Using primary sources, students will reflect on significant individuals, events, and the articulation of the Christian faith during this period.
Students will be able to:
Understand and articulate the doctrine of the Trinity, and the historical debates in the early Church around the person and nature of Christ.
Understand and articulate a doctrine of salvation in light of the controversies of the early church.
Understand the history and significance of the creeds and ecumenical councils.
Appropriate historical theology for pastoral ministry.
Instructor: Dr. William McDonald, Professor of Religion, Chair - Religion and Philosophy, Associate Dean - Humanities & Fine Arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College
Prerequisite: COS 121 & COS 122