Write a “thesis-based” persuasive essay of at least 1000 to 1200 words, related to some aspect or theme from the first half of our course regarding: 1) The Early Church, or 2) The Medieval Church.



some possible topics

  • The Greek context for early Christianity
  • The Jewish influence on early Christianity
  • The early spread of Christianity
  • Women in early Christianity
  • Justin Martyr’s idea of Logos Spermatikos
  • Gnosticism
  • Constantine and the rise of Imperial Roman Christianity
  • The Monastic movement
  • The cult of Thecla
  • Early theology: Irenaeus, Origin, Clement or Augustine
  • Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Hesychasm
  • The development of the New Testament Canon



History Assignment 1
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