Diploma : Church History across the ages
Access: There are no prerequisites for these short courses. The course material is university level.
Length of Studies: Students have 24 months from the date of enrolment in which to validate the diploma.
Validation: Each of the five courses is assessed by a 5 page written assignment. The diploma is worth 15 ECTS.
Diploma : Church History across the ages
This diploma approaches Church history with a special focus on the writing of the Church Fathers and the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
- The first course in this diploma explores Christianity as an historical religion. It’s a religion about an historical event: Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Special attention is given to the conflicts between the pastoral and the historical points of view, the 16th to the 18th century and finally the forms of life inspired by Christianity that were accepted, adapted and spread by Africans.
- The courses on the Fathers of the Church, from Ignatius of Antioch to John of Damascus will guide you in reading and studying texts. These texts are to be situated in their relevant time periods from end of the Apostolic Age, to the beginning of Middle Ages.
The central subject of the texts we are going to deal with is God and his Revelation in the Scriptures.
- This theme is continued by a closer look at the most important documents and goals of the constitutions, decrees and declarations of Vatican II. This course offers an overview of the most important documents and goals of the Council. It throws light on the most essential topics, based on the letter of the documents themselves. The second part will be dedicated to the issue of the hermeneutic of the so called “discontinuity and rupture”, which has caused confusion, splitting the Church; the other “hermeneutic of reform” which has brought many fruits.
Church History across the ages
Church History 1
Church History 2
Church History 3
The Second Vatican Council
List of Courses
More than fifty years have passed since the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a pastoral Council; which, according to Pope John XXIII, had the concern, “that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously.” The Council itself opened many doors and tried to present a renewed way of living the faith, it launched a call for holiness.
In its (dogmatic) constitutions, decrees and declarations, many important issues were treated;including the understanding of communion, collegiality, revelation, ecclesiology, Mariology, liturgy, the relation between the world and the Church, the role of the consecrated life, as well as the relation towards other religions. The joyful call voiced by the participants of the Council has not been easy to realize.
Soon after the end of the Council, a real struggle arose about the way to interpret the points proposed by the Council. The hermeneutic question became the key question for an authentic understanding. According to Pope Benedict XVI, the problems in its implementation arose from the fact that there were two contradictory hermeneutics which quarreled with each other. The hermeneutic of the so called “discontinuity and rupture”, has caused confusion, splitting the Church; the other “hermeneutic of reform” has brought many fruits. Therefore, the question of the right interpretation became one of the most important issues.
In its opening, this course offers an overview of the most important documents and goals of the Council. It throws light on the most essential topics, based on the letter of the documents themselves. The second part will be dedicated to the hermeneutic issue, the question of how to interpret and to value the different documents. Furthermore, it offers a perspective which can become the key for the new evangelization.
An introduction to the Fathers of the Church, from Ignatius of Antioch to John of Damascus: Writers, doctors, pastors, the Fathers of the Church
This course is a course of literature. It deals with texts. It will make you read and study texts. These texts belong to a tradition: they transmit topics, ideas, methods, throughout a certain continuity, from the end of the Apostolic Age, to the beginning of Middle Ages.
And this course is also a course of theology, as the central subject of the texts we are going to deal with is God and his Revelation in the Scriptures.