Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2008/2009
Canadian Excellence

RE356
Christianity after the New Testament
0.5 Credit

An examination of selected writings, persons and traditions of post-New Testament Christianity as it wrestled with problems raised by the delay in the return of Jesus, fought over definition of doctrine ("orthodoxy" and "heresy"), struggled with the Empire, and sought to present Christianity in a winsome form to educated outsiders. Types and figures to be studied include martyrs (Ignatius of Antioch), literary defenders (Justin), "heretics" (Marcion, gnostics), fighters of "heresy" (Irenaeus) and prophets (Montanus).††