CS201 Western Civilization: Greeks to Aquinas

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Survey over 1,200 years of western civilization with Dr. Bryan Litfin—theologian, historian, and acclaimed author. Hear about the trials and triumphs of the church throughout the most pivotal stages of western civilization, from the spread of Hellenism, to the fall of Rome and the rise of Europe. Find out how the church established the canon of scripture and developed the early creeds. Gain insight into why the church met in councils and how they defined doctrines like the nature of Jesus Christ and the Trinity. Discover how Christianity influenced western culture, as well as how western culture influenced Christianity—in politics, art and architecture, and education. Finally, learn about the role of the papacy in religious reform and how the crusades related to the emergence of Islam. Dr. Litfin combines his research in the early church, cultural studies, and historical doctrine into this unique eight-hour course, designed for Mobile Ed.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker

Introducing the Speaker

1m

Introduction: A Christian View of History

The Concept of “Catholicity”

The Concept of “Catholicity”

4m

Background of the Early Church: Judaism

Monotheism

Monotheism

7m

Background of the Early Church: The Greeks

The Classical Era

The Classical Era

6m

Background of the Early Church: The Romans

Rome and the Early Church: Friends or Foes?

Rome and the Early Church: Friends or Foes?

7m

The Birth of Christianity

Key Ideas of the “Orthodox” Church

Key Ideas of the “Orthodox” Church

6m

Judaism and the Early Church

Hebrews, Hellenists, and Heretical Sects

Hebrews, Hellenists, and Heretical Sects

4m

Strategies to Achieve Catholicity

The Monepiscopacy

The Monepiscopacy

6m

Persecution in the Early Church

The Reasons behind Persecution

The Reasons behind Persecution

8m

Imperial Christianity

The Rise of Constantine

The Rise of Constantine

9m

The Council of Nicaea

The Theology of Arius

The Theology of Arius

6m

Early Christian Art and Architecture

The Catacombs

The Catacombs

7m

Augustine of Hippo

Augustine’s Life

Augustine’s Life

8m

The Council of Chalcedon

Heretical Christologies

Heretical Christologies

7m

Early Christian Monasticism

Antecedents of Early Christian Monasticism

Antecedents of Early Christian Monasticism

6m

Christian Mission

Alternate Christian Expressions

Alternate Christian Expressions

5m

The Byzantine World

Constantine and His City

Constantine and His City

5m

The Fall of Rome

Historical Explanations

Historical Explanations

6m

The Rise of the Papacy

Apostolic Succession

Apostolic Succession

5m

British and Celtic Christianity

Early History of the British Isles

Early History of the British Isles

5m

The Birth of Europe

Political Structures

Political Structures

7m

Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance

Rise of the Carolingians out of the Dark Ages

Rise of the Carolingians out of the Dark Ages

5m

The High Middle Ages

Reforms of Gregory VII

Reforms of Gregory VII

4m

Life in Medieval Christendom

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror

4m

The Crusades

Interpretation and Motivations

Interpretation and Motivations

5m

Medieval Intellectualism

Two Important Intellectual Leaders: Alcuin and Anselm

Two Important Intellectual Leaders: Alcuin and Anselm

5m

Conclusion

Conclusion to the Course

Conclusion to the Course

2m