HDS 2608

Origen, Evagrius, and Cassian

Charles Marshall Stang


This course examines the writings of three early Christian thinkers from the third through fifth centuries: Origen of Alexandria, Evagrius of Pontus, and John Cassian. Particular attention will be paid to the following themes: theological anthropology (with special attention to the concept of the nous), protology (creation and the fall), eschatology (apokatastasis or universal salvation), prayer, practical and contemplative asceticism, and the so-called "allegorical" interpretation of scripture.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1430


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Tues 2pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Room 213

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None