CS201 Western Civilization: Greeks to Aquinas

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Survey over 1,200 years of western civilization with Dr. Bryan Litfin—theologian, historian, and acclaimed author. Hear about the trials and triumphs of the church throughout the most pivotal stages of western civilization, from the spread of Hellenism, to the fall of Rome and the rise of Europe. Find out how the church established the canon of scripture and developed the early creeds. Gain insight into why the church met in councils and how they defined doctrines like the nature of Jesus Christ and the Trinity. Discover how Christianity influenced western culture, as well as how western culture influenced Christianity—in politics, art and architecture, and education. Finally, learn about the role of the papacy in religious reform and how the crusades related to the emergence of Islam. Dr. Litfin combines his research in the early church, cultural studies, and historical doctrine into this unique eight-hour course, designed for Mobile Ed.

Introduction: A Christian View of History

Introducing the Speaker

Introducing the Speaker

1m
The Concept of “Catholicity”

The Concept of “Catholicity”

4m

Background of the Early Church: Judaism

The Methods of Historical Inquiry: How Do We Do History?

The Methods of Historical Inquiry: How Do We Do History?

5m
Monotheism

Monotheism

7m
Jewish History to the Time of Jesus

Jewish History to the Time of Jesus

7m
Key Aspects of First-Century Judaism

Key Aspects of First-Century Judaism

7m

Background of the Early Church: The Greeks

Using Ratings and Collections to Search for Key Terms

Using Ratings and Collections to Search for Key Terms

6m
The Classical Era

The Classical Era

6m
Alexander and His Conquests

Alexander and His Conquests

5m

Background of the Early Church: The Romans

Features of Hellenism

Features of Hellenism

7m
Rome and the Early Church: Friends or Foes?

Rome and the Early Church: Friends or Foes?

7m
A Brief Survey of Roman History

A Brief Survey of Roman History

7m
Aspects of Roman Culture Conducive to the Gospel

Aspects of Roman Culture Conducive to the Gospel

5m

The Birth of Christianity

Using Search Operators to Find Information about Roman Travel

Using Search Operators to Find Information about Roman Travel

3m
Key Ideas of the “Orthodox” Church

Key Ideas of the “Orthodox” Church

6m
The Myth of Early Universal Orthodoxy

The Myth of Early Universal Orthodoxy

6m
The Myth of Radical Diversity

The Myth of Radical Diversity

4m

Judaism and the Early Church

How Orthodoxy Was Formed

How Orthodoxy Was Formed

7m
Hebrews, Hellenists, and Heretical Sects

Hebrews, Hellenists, and Heretical Sects

4m
James and the Jerusalem Church

James and the Jerusalem Church

4m
Understanding and Using the Referent Database

Understanding and Using the Referent Database

6m

Strategies to Achieve Catholicity

The Church versus the Synagogue

The Church versus the Synagogue

5m
The Monepiscopacy

The Monepiscopacy

6m
Using Louw-Nida Numbers to Research Church Leadership

Using Louw-Nida Numbers to Research Church Leadership

6m
The Canon of Scripture

The Canon of Scripture

5m

Persecution in the Early Church

The Creeds of the Ancient Church

The Creeds of the Ancient Church

5m
The Reasons behind Persecution

The Reasons behind Persecution

8m
The Roman Imperial Cult

The Roman Imperial Cult

6m
Historical Stages of Persecution

Historical Stages of Persecution

9m

Imperial Christianity

Using the Timeline to Look Up Persecution in Church History

Using the Timeline to Look Up Persecution in Church History

4m
The Rise of Constantine

The Rise of Constantine

9m
Two Important Successors to Constantine

Two Important Successors to Constantine

6m

The Council of Nicaea

The Imperial Theology of Eusebius

The Imperial Theology of Eusebius

5m
The Theology of Arius

The Theology of Arius

6m

Early Christian Art and Architecture

Nicene Trinitarianism

Nicene Trinitarianism

6m
The Catacombs

The Catacombs

7m
Finding Images of the Catacombs and Storing Them in Favorites

Finding Images of the Catacombs and Storing Them in Favorites

4m
Types of Early Christian Art

Types of Early Christian Art

6m
Triumphal Art after Constantine

Triumphal Art after Constantine

6m

Augustine of Hippo

Early Christian Buildings

Early Christian Buildings

7m
Augustine’s Life

Augustine’s Life

8m
Augustine’s View of History

Augustine’s View of History

4m
Using Notes to Track Augustine’s View of the Two Cities

Using Notes to Track Augustine’s View of the Two Cities

6m

The Council of Chalcedon

Augustine’s Legacy for Western Civilization

Augustine’s Legacy for Western Civilization

5m
Heretical Christologies

Heretical Christologies

7m
The Alexandrians and the Antiochians

The Alexandrians and the Antiochians

4m

Early Christian Monasticism

Chalcedon and Its Aftermath

Chalcedon and Its Aftermath

4m
Antecedents of Early Christian Monasticism

Antecedents of Early Christian Monasticism

6m
The Historical Motive

The Historical Motive

5m
Finding Information on the Origins of Monasticism

Finding Information on the Origins of Monasticism

4m

Christian Mission

Key Figures in Early Christian Monasticism

Key Figures in Early Christian Monasticism

5m
Alternate Christian Expressions

Alternate Christian Expressions

5m

The Byzantine World

Early Missionary Efforts

Early Missionary Efforts

6m
Constantine and His City

Constantine and His City

5m
The Splendor of Justinian

The Splendor of Justinian

4m
Conversion of the Slavs

Conversion of the Slavs

3m

The Fall of Rome

Eastern Orthodox Distinctives

Eastern Orthodox Distinctives

5m
Historical Explanations

Historical Explanations

6m
The Barbarian Invasions

The Barbarian Invasions

6m

The Rise of the Papacy

New Alliances for the Church

New Alliances for the Church

4m
Apostolic Succession

Apostolic Succession

5m
The Prestige of Rome

The Prestige of Rome

4m
Theology of the Papacy

Theology of the Papacy

5m
Using the Clause Search to Explore the Relationship between Jesus and Peter

Using the Clause Search to Explore the Relationship between Jesus and Peter

4m

British and Celtic Christianity

Key Figures in the Development of the Papacy

Key Figures in the Development of the Papacy

6m
Early History of the British Isles

Early History of the British Isles

5m
Christianity in Britain

Christianity in Britain

6m
The Celtic Church

The Celtic Church

7m

The Birth of Europe

The Anglo-Saxons

The Anglo-Saxons

7m
Political Structures

Political Structures

7m
Religious Beliefs and Practices

Religious Beliefs and Practices

5m
Cultural Institutions

Cultural Institutions

5m

Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance

Using the Sermon Starter Guide to Find a Biblical Perspective on War

Using the Sermon Starter Guide to Find a Biblical Perspective on War

6m
Rise of the Carolingians out of the Dark Ages

Rise of the Carolingians out of the Dark Ages

5m
Rebirth under Charlemagne

Rebirth under Charlemagne

4m
The Holy Roman Empire

The Holy Roman Empire

2m

The High Middle Ages

The Viking Invasions

The Viking Invasions

3m
Reforms of Gregory VII

Reforms of Gregory VII

4m
Lay Investiture Controversy

Lay Investiture Controversy

4m
Romanesque and Gothic Architectural Styles

Romanesque and Gothic Architectural Styles

4m

Life in Medieval Christendom

The Great Schism

The Great Schism

3m
William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror

4m
Norman Castles

Norman Castles

3m
Thomas Becket and the “Murder in the Cathedral”

Thomas Becket and the “Murder in the Cathedral”

4m

The Crusades

Pope Innocent III

Pope Innocent III

5m
Interpretation and Motivations

Interpretation and Motivations

5m
Historical Context: The Rise of Islam

Historical Context: The Rise of Islam

3m
The First Crusade

The First Crusade

5m

Medieval Intellectualism

Results of the Crusades

Results of the Crusades

5m
Two Important Intellectual Leaders: Alcuin and Anselm

Two Important Intellectual Leaders: Alcuin and Anselm

5m
New Monastic Orders: Cistercians, Dominicans, and Franciscans

New Monastic Orders: Cistercians, Dominicans, and Franciscans

6m
Rise of the Universities

Rise of the Universities

4m

Conclusion

Scholasticism and Thomas Aquinas

Scholasticism and Thomas Aquinas

5m
Conclusion to the Course

Conclusion to the Course

2m