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.
History of the Church
Alexander Schmemann, The Historical Road of Eastern Orthodoxy.
Norman Tanner, New Short History of the Catholic Church.
Andrew Willard Jones, The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics.
Robert Louis Wilken, The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity.
Christopher Dawson, The Dividing of Christendom.
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.Learn More