Patristics: Sources and Methods, Distance Education

The course provides a general understanding and knowledge of the first one thousand years of Christianity. Theological trends and individual church fathers are considered, as well as the philosophical background. Particular emphasis is put on methods and sources.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • be able to make a connection between theological trends and individual church fathers
  • display considerable insight in the general theological topics in the first millenia
  • demonstrate considerable knowledge about the timeline in the first millenia of Eastern Christianity
  • reflect critically on the variety of methods in patristic studies

The course literature may be subject to revision.

  • Mcguckin , John Anthony , 2017. The Path of Christianity: The First Thousand Years. Westmont Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press. (1229 p.)

  • Harvey, Susan Ashbrook et al., 2008. The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies (Oxford Handbooks) . Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. (1020 p.)

Literature last revised on April 22, 2020.

The schedule is available at the latest one month before the course starts. We do not recommend that you print the schedule as some changes may happen.

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Youhanon Habil

PhD, Adjunct


A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, Fx = Insufficient, F = Insufficient

Examination Format

  • Papers
  • Seminars
  • Take-home examination

A Bachelor's degree in Theology (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university, Including at least 15 credits in Eastern Christian Studies or equivalent. Certicifed proficiency in English documented by means of an internationally recognized proficiency test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

Established by Subject Representative College at Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm on December 19, 2018.