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Early Registration Price (by February 10): $270
Regular Price (after February 10): $297
In this historical survey of the growth of Christianity from the second century to the late fifth century, topics to be treated will include Gnosticism, the Great Persecution and its martyrs, the conversion of Emperor Constantine, the Council of Nicea, the doctrine of the Trinity, the emergence of monasticism, and the conversion of the Germanic peoples. In exploring the synthesis of classical culture with Christianity, a central figure will be Augustine, whose Confessions we will read. Ten sessions.
Frank A. Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Adjunct Instructor in History at Loyola University Chicago, where, since 1997, he has taught Western Civilizations. He has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.
- Augustine, Confessions. Translated by R. S. Pine-Coffin. London and New York: Penguins Classics, 1961. ISBN# 978-0140441147.
- Chadwick, Henry. The Early Church. Revised edition. London and New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN# 978-0140231991.
- Please read Chapter 1 of Henry Chadwick’s The Early Church for the first session
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.