Course Number: CH511
Former Professor of Ancient History Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Augustine is one of the most influential theologians in church history. His teachings have shaped the thinking of Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Barth. In this course, learners study a comprehensive introduction to Augustine; his life, his works, and his legacy in the medieval church. The course details his youth, conversion, literary works, and his battles against the day’s emerging heresies. Surveying Augustine’s life as a pastor, teacher, and writer, students are encouraged to evaluate his contribution to the development of medieval theology and to apply those contributions to their own lives and ministries.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Understand Augustine’s unique place in the history of the church.
- Analyze the most important writings of Augustine.
- Synthesize the major theological contributions of Augustine.
- Explain the various theological battles Augustine faced in his work.
- Appreciate the value of historical theology as it relates to ministry, and apply lessons from Augustine to current ministry contexts.