5631002Christian Studies (Special Lectures)

Numbering Code G-LET08 65631 LJ34 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Wed.3
Instructor name TSUDA KENJI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The objective of this course is to present the history of the development of doctrine formed within early Christianity up to the Council of Chalcedon (451), while following separate themes. Doctrine refers to the teachings of Christianity preached in church; since the earliest days of Christianity, various problems have arisen concerning the orthodoxy of doctrine (e.g., the problems of Christology or salvation), and as each of these problems arose, the handling of each led to the formation of doctrine. In this lecture course, we will shift our focus to the tense relations between Christianity, various philosophies, and the Roman Empire and analyze the doctrine and concepts formed by the church fathers.
Course Goals To learn basic knowledge related to central problem points in the formation of doctrine, primarily up to about the 5th century. To be able to position within history, and closely examine, the ideology and doctrine of church fathers in early Christianity while analyzing important texts from the time.
Schedule and Contents The topic for the second semester this year is "the history of early Christian doctrine." Following an orientation in the first class session, the rest of the sessions will be composed of lectures on the following items. Each lecture will cover one item.

1. Orientation
2. Athanasius's theory of salvation
3. Emancipation from Satan
4. Theories of salvation starting in the 5th century
5. Church theory of the Eastern world
6. The Donatism controversy and Western church theory
7. Roman papal primacy
8. The sacraments starting in the 4th century
9. Baptism and confirmation
10. Transubstantiation in the Holy Communion
11. Eschatology and millenarianism
12. The resurrection of the body
13. Reverence of the saints
14. Reverence of the Virgin Mary
15. Summary and conclusion, and explanation of reports, etc.
Evaluation Methods and Policy By reports (which will examine students' understanding of lecture content, including multiple short reports, and the development of related questions). Consultations about report content will be conducted individually.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) The focus will be on reviewing the material using encyclopedias and reference materials introduced in class. Details will be given during class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References To be instructed during class, and printouts will be distributed during class.
References, etc. J.N.D. ケリー 『初期キリスト教教理史 下 ニカイア以後と東方世界』 (一麦出版社)