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Course Overview

How did the Jesus movement turn into the church? At what point did the church decide Jesus was God? How can God be one and three? What is heresy and why did it matter? How did Christianity relate to surrounding philosophy? Did theology develop and change? What were the sources for Christian thought and doctrine? The course introduces students to these questions through the rich history of Christian thought by considering a number of representative theological thinkers, such as Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin. Assessment is through two short essays and a final essay.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Tom Greggs

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will introduce students to the rich history of Christian thought by considering a number of representative theological thinkers. Students will be introduced to important developments in Christian thought and to formative theological controversies by close consideration of significant figures from the tradition. In previous years, theologians such as Irenaeus, Origen, Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin have featured on the course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 100% Continuous Assessment comprising;
1,250 word gobbet exegesis of historical text (25%);
1,250 word mid-term essay (25%);
2,500 word final course essay (50%)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Interaction with tutorial leaders and peers in tutorials will provide valuable opportunities for students to test their understanding of course materials throughout the half-session. The mid-term assignment will also provide timely written feedback prior to completion of other course assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes


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