An introductory survey of life and thought in ancient and early medieval Christianity from the Gnostic crisis (second century) to the parting of the Greek and Latin churches (eleventh century). Some of the issues covered are: the multi-cultural and multiethnic character of ancient Christianity; the rise of doctrinal and biblical canons; ethics of war, wealth and sexuality; the flourishing of the ascetical principle; major theological writers and controversies of the early period.

Note: Required for MDiv students completing option A of the History requirement.