Program :

Baccalaureate in Theology

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Teacher :

Kuzhuppil T.


The aim of this course is to introduce life, works and theology of the Greek Fathers. It consists of two parts. Part I: the concept, necessary qualifications of the Fathers of the Church, history of Patrology, language of the Fathers, sources, collection of the texts and modem critical editions. Part II: (1) The Apostolic Fathers (2) The Greek Apologists (Justin. Athenagoras. Theophilus of Antioch) (3) Irenaeus. Clement of Alexandria. Origen. Hippolytus (4) Athanasios. Eusebius of Caesarea. Cyril of Jerusalem. Cappadocian Fathers: Basil. Gregory of Nazianzus. Gregory of Nyssa; Didymus the Blind (5) John Chrysostom. Cyril of Alexandria (6) John Damascene. The Holy Trinity. Mystery of Christ. Church. Baptism. Eucharist, the Holy Spirit. Mary. Spirituality and Morality are the major theological themes explained here. Their method of exegesis and the origin and the development of Monasticism are also included withinit.


  1. Altaner. B.. Patrology (New York 1961).
  2. Kelly. J.N.D.. Early Christian Doctrines, 4th ed. (London 1968).
  3. Quasten. J..Patrology, vol. 1.1950; vol. 2.1953; vol. 3.1960 (Utrecht).
  4. Studer. B.. Trinity and Incarnation: The Faith of the Early Church (Edinburgh 1994).