History of the Church

History of the Church

JPI 613/848
3 Credits

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the historical unfolding of the life and mission of Church. The Church is “in history, but at the same time she transcends it. It is only ‘with the eyes of faith’ that one can see her in her visible reality and at the same time in her spiritual reality as bearer of divine life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 770). Following an introductory reflection on the nature of the Church and the relationship between time and eternity, the course will consider some of the key events in the life of Church: the apostolic witness and the development of the canon of Scripture; the trinitarian and Christological controversies of the fourth and fifth centuries; the development of monasticism; the tragic split between East and West; medieval theology and the rise of universities; the Protestant reformation; the Church’s encounter with the Enlightenment; and the First and Second Vatican Councils.

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Nicholas Healy

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Culture
M.T.S. Program Advisor

Dr. Healy teaches and writes in the area of metaphysics, theological anthropology, and sacramental theology. Since 2002 he has served as an editor of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review. He is a founding member of the Academy of Catholic Theology.

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