An historical examination of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Key figures, ecclesial expressions, theological disputes, biblical interpretations, cultural expressions, and interactions with their social, political, and religious worlds will be discussed. Special attention will be given to theologies of mission, and the ways in which this is lived out in their churches.
Fulfills CCME or Missions.
June 15, 2015-July 5, 2015 - Pre-work Session
July 6, 2015-July 17, 2015 - Online Intensive Session
2 required webinar meetings in Adobe Connect will be held from 7-8 pm on Friday July 10 and 17, 2015.
July 18, 2015-July 22, 2015 - Post-work Session
An examination of how Christians have embodied, understood and confessed their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faIth and pays particular attention to how disputes over orthodoxy, heresy, society, culture, and politics have affected and been affected by missional concerns during the formative years of Christianity. Attention will be given to the diverse Christan expressions as they began and developed in different parts of the ancient world of Asia, Africa and Europe.
An introduction to the spirituality and literature of the early men and women who lived in the Egyptian desert. Special attention will be given to their teachings on topics including following Christ, reading scripture, prayer, and living a Christian life; and their past and present spiritual influence on the Church in East and West.
An examination of the content, context, and methods of early church biblical commentaries and homilies and how these early Christian leaders and preachers interpreted and proclaimed scripture to the churches they served.