More about the research field Patristics
The field is multifaceted, covering all the important processes by which Christianity became the dominant religious movement in the Roman Empire and beyond.
Herein is included the development of church structures in the form of ministerial offices and a Canon of Scripture, apologetics, inner-Christian diversity and conflict and the shifting borderlines between orthodoxy and heresy, the development of dogma, the formation of creeds, liturgy and spirituality, the diverse theological conceptions of the church fathers and mothers, monasticism, the church’s relation to the Roman Empire, early Christian literature, manuscript culture, art and architecture, and the development of the church’s demography.
The study of Patristics at the Faculty of Theology is in close dialogue with New Testament research and Dogmatics, as well as with the disciplines of History, Religious Studies and the History of Art.
Since 2006, the field of Patristics has been part of the Faculty of Theology’s prioritization of the study of the emergence and development of Christianity in antiquity.