Early Christian History

Description: This course consists of a close reading of Acts, The History of the Church by Eusebius, and Early Christian Writings, for the purpose of understanding the basic contours of early Christian history and experience. This course fits the wider audience of both Roman Catholic, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians. The student in this course will read the entire text of Acts, the history of the Church during the Roman Empire, the Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, the 7 Epistles of Ignatius, the Epistle and Martyrdom of Polycarp, the Epistle of Diognetus, Barnabas, as well as The Didache. Students will need to devote approximately 45-60 minutes per day for this class.  The assessment will primarily be based on participation and weekly comprehension questions, one essay, and the final exam

Grade Level:  10-12. Strong 9th graders can also register.

Prerequisites: Students should be strong readers, able to read college-level primary source texts, be willing to think and work hard, and be able to write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

Required Texts: The Acts of the Apostles (Bible), The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine by Eusebius, and Early Christian Writings, edited by Andrew Louth. Students will also need a USB headset microphone (built-in microphones will also work).