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Special Topics in Theology I

Faculty of Theology >> Theology (General)

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Spring / Summer 2020
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
THO 3148 WXB0
The Cappadocian Achievement
Students can log on to the section W00 of the course in real time or view recordings of the classes.
Course offered in English
June 08 Monday 13:00 - 17:00 Online Michael Haykin
June 10 - June 19 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 13:00 - 17:00 Online Michael Haykin

A detailed study of certain aspects of the theology of the Cappadocian Fathers—namely Basil of Caesarea (c.330–379), Gregory of Nazianzus (c.329­­–389/390), Gregory of Nyssa (c.335–c.395), and Amphilochius of Iconium (c.340–395)—arguably among the most influential theologians of the Greek-speaking Ancient Church. In particular, the course explores: Basil’s monastic piety, his thoughts on knowing God in his letters to Amphilochius, and his defence of the deity of the Holy Spirit; Gregory of Nazianzus’ vision of pastoral ministry, his theological orations (Orations 27–­31) and his rebuttal of Apollinarianism; Gregory of Nyssa’s life of his sister Macrina as well as his spiritual vision as found in his Life of Moses; and Amphilochius’ letter on the canon. The Cappadocian Fathers’ interaction with Scripture and their perspective on living coram Deo in each of these areas of thought is also highlighted. An addendum, as it were, to the course looks at the theology of Macarius-Symeon (fl.370s­–410s), whom both Basil and Gregory of Nyssa deeply admired.