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The Reformation & Counter-Reformation
Lectures on the Lectionary
Academy Benefactor Classes
This course introduces you to the most important books and narratives in the Old Testament, providing you with an essential foundation for the reading of the New Testament, as well as an invaluable grasp on the first elements of the story of Salvation History.
Introduction to the New Testament
This course introduces you to the books of the New Testament with an emphasis on the New Testament's use of Old Testament imagery and, therefore, provides the essential perspective that a reader of the New Testament needs in order to fully appreciate its meaning.
Lectures on the Lectionary
Interested in time saving tools for your homily preparation? Through exegetical lectures on the readings of the lectionary for the coming Sunday, this course provides critical information about the author, intended audience, purpose of composition, literary context, relation to the other readings for the day, patristic interpretation of the text, and much more.
The early Church used the books of the Bible as their primary source of catechesis. This course introduces you to this manner of catechesis through a thematic study of imagery and typology in the Old and New Testaments and their use in the patristic literature, particularly that of Cyril of Jerusalem and his Mystogogical Catechesis.
Though most of us know the Faith, when confronted with questions regarding our belief and it's relation to the Bible we are often at a loss for words. The reason is that while we may know the Faith we often do not know how it is supported by the biblical text, nor the very dynamics that go into a typical apologetic debate. This course equips you with training and techniques that enable you, with confidence and charity, to explain the Faith to those who ask.
Christians today are bombarded with countless challenging questions about the Faith. This course provides you with the answers and techniques that enable you to respond to these questions from non-Christian religions, atheism, and agnosticism.
The Fathers of the Church and the Bible
We hear the Bible read in Liturgy, but do we hear it the way the Father's of the Church did? This course introduces you to the Bible of the Fathers of the Church and the various schools of interpretation, and enables you to appreciate the narratives of the Bible in a whole new light.
This course covers the establishment, development and spread of the Christian Church in the East and West, the personalities involved, and its influence upon secular powers and cultures, beginning with the Day of Pentecost (33 AD) through the restoration of the icons after the 7th Ecumenical Council (842 AD).
Introduction to Systematic Theology
When people hear about systematic theology they typically think of St. Thomas Aquinas and his Summa Theologica. What most people don't know, however, is that St. Thomas Aquinas and other systemetizers of theology relied heavily upon St. John of Damascus and his important work, On the Orthodox Faith. This course introduces you to this great work and puts you in touch with the very the origins and essentials of systematic theology.
Introduction to Philosophy
When people hear the word philosophy they usually think of great wise men like Plato or Aristotle and esoteric topics. What most don't know is that we all use philosophy in our day to day decisions and outlook on life. This course introduces you to the basics of Aristotelian Philosophy and how it applies to theology, logic, and essential critical thinking skills.
Introduction to Iconography
Everyone appreciates the beauty of icons. What many don't know is how the rich colors and images all fit together in an ancient and elaborate system of symbols which, in conjuction with the Liturgy, puts us in touch with the Faith of the early Church. This course introduces you to that system through a study of the Festal Icons of the Twelve Great Feasts.
Biblical and Liturgical Greek
Most liturgies today retain a few if not many elements in Greek. This liturgical Greek is with little difference the same Greek in which the New Testament was composed and in which the Old Testament was translated in the Septuagint. This course introduces you to the basics of Biblical and Liturgical Greek naturally, conversationally, with stories and by watching and listening, the same way you learned your native tongue (to see a sample video of this method go to academyofclassicallanguages.com
) With very little effort you learn to hear, understand, and speak basic Biblical Greek and even learn to read it just as easily as you are reading right now. This courses uses modern Greek pronunciation in accord with current liturgical practice.
We hear a lot about various spiritualities today. Authentic Christian spirituality, however, is formed by the liturgy of the Church. This course introduces you to Christian spirituality through the liturgical theology of the early Church and energizes, therefore, your experience of Sunday worship and daily prayer life.
The Bible and the Liturgy
This course introduces you to the origins of liturgy as it appears in the various narratives throughout the Old and New Testaments. Emphasis is placed on the development of the annual festal cycle of Israel and the early Church and a biblical understanding of sacrifice and worship.
This course is a study of the most important geographic features of the Holy Land. Through pictures, maps, biblical narratives, and vivid first hand descriptions of the archeological sites and shrines of the Holy Land you are transported to the land where Salvation History unfolded. This course is the next best thing to a trip to the Holy Land and provides you with the essential information and visual imagery needed to bring the stories of the Old and New Testaments to life in your preaching and teaching.
This course is a directed reading and discussion group. Each week a new topic is discussed based upon assigned readings from the course texts. As such, the course addresses the vocation of the wives of clergy in light of Holy Tradition and the model of the Christian woman in the Most Holy Theotokos.
Women of Faith in Salvation History and Today
Most people know the stories of salvation history, but rarely do they know the stories and lives of the women who played major roles therein. This course introduces you to these women, their lives, their faith, and gives you a new understanding of a woman's essential role in parish and family life today. Recommended for Clergy Wife formation.
Dynamic Deacons in Church History and Today
There have been deacons in the Church from the beginning and they have played important roles throughout Church history. This course introduces you to some of the more dynamic among them and, through their lives and example, reveals how they can still direct and inspire the deacon today. Recommended for Deacons and Deacon Candidates.
The Reformation & Counter-Reformation
The History of Christianity III class will cover the period of Church History from the late 15th / early 16th century to the late 17th century, the period commonly known in the West as the Protestant Reformation / Counter-Reformation. Beginning with the theological thought and personalities that led to the beginnings of the Reformation itself and the theology and personalities that formed the various streams of the Protestant Reformation on the European Continent and in the British Isles, as well the attempts at a Counter-reformation within the Roman Catholic Church.