[AT231]  Introduction to Fathers of the Church

Semester I
thursday 16:30 - 18:15

Course Information

Professor: LIVONGUE, Daniel Martin
Language: English

Semester I
thursday 16:30 - 18:15


The course will introduce the students into the « world » and times of the Fathers. We will take into consideration the various aspects of patristic studies : Bible, philosophy, dogmatics, morals, ecclesiology, liturgy, and the social context in which the Fathers preach, write and lay the foundations of the christian doctrine. The course will be divided in three major sections : first a biographical and contextual presentation, secondly, we will focus on the « doctrinal and intellectual » dimension of patristic litterature, and thirdly, the role and importance of the Fathers in the teachings of the Church today.


J. QUASTEN, Patrology, (3vols) Christian Classics, Inc., Westminster, Md., 1986-1988. D. HUBERTUS, The Fathers of the Church : A comprehensive introduction, Peabody (Mass.) : Hendrickson, 2007. F. CAYRÉ, Patrologie et histoire de la théologie, Paris, Tournai ; Rome : Société de S. Jean l'Évangéliste : Desclée & C., 1933-1944. F. CAYRÉ, Précis de patrologie : histoire et doctrine des Pères et Docteurs de l'Église, Paris, Tournai ; Rome : Société de S. Jean l'Évangéliste : Desclée & C., 1927-1930. Further bibliography will be added during classes.