General introduction to Church History. Beginning of Christianity (6BC- AD 395). The Church in a Pagan Empire (6BC-AD 313). The Primitive Church. The Post-apostolic Period. Encounter between Christianity and Paganism. Internal life of the Churches in the first three centuries. The Imperial Church (AD 313-395). Organization and expansion. Theological disputes. Beginning of the Golden Age of Patristic Learning. The Scattered Churches (AD 395-694). The First Church: A Church under imperial rule. Conditions of the Eastern Empire. Organization of the Eastern Church, Rise of Constantinople. Christological controversies. The Second Church: A Church in turmoil. State of Empire and Church. Controversies and intellectual personalities. Two columns of the new world in construction: Papacy; Coming of age of western monasticism.
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