Christian and Non-Christian at the End of the Roman Empire

Ref: C3741275

This course will look at how Christianity interacted with other religions at a key moment in its history. In the 4th and 5th centuries, the Roman Empire, although officially Christian, was still very religiously diverse, with pagans, Christians and Jews rubbing shoulders with each other. Augustine of Hippo, one of the ‘fathers’ of western Christianity, emerged from this pluralistic context. This course will look at the importance of these other belief systems in the thought of Augustine and some of his contemporaries, and at how these thinkers helped to shape Christian attitudes to other religions down the centuries.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the thought of one of the most important Christian theologians, Augustine of Hippo (354-430), by looking in particular at his views on other religions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • A good understanding of who Augustine of Hippo was and his place in the history of Christian theology.
  • An ability to think critically about the factors informing Christian attitudes to other religions at the time of Augustine.
  • An appreciation of the importance of Greek and Roman philosophy to the development of early Christian theology.
  • Improved confidence in using digital technology through optional on-line research tasks

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Christian and Non-Christian at the End of the Roman Empire Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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