The Ancient Church

Level: AdvancedNumber of Lessons: 24Avg. Length: 44 Min.Time Required: 35 Hours MinimumCourse Code: CH501
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We are indebted to the Church Fathers for the lasting influence of their lives and their works. This course covers the history of the ancient church (Pentecost to AD 500) and the men and writings of that era. Following a historical progression, the course covers the development of doctrine and the main figures in the Patristic Age. Lectures focus on the influential men like Irenaeus, Origen, Chrysostom, Athanasius,and Ausgustine. Significant creeds are also analyzed for their intentions, influence, and correctness. Throughout the course, students are prompted to evaluate their own beliefs as compared to historical orthodoxy.

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This course is part of a collection of courses taught by world-class evangelical professors from across the globe on a variety of topics. The lessons are presented on an intermediate to college or seminary level and provide a wealth of information for those who want to dig deeper into their faith. Select courses in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by Our Daily Bread University.


  1. Understand the historical development of doctrine and how we came to believe what we do today.
  2. Know the creeds of the church and how they came to exist.
  3. Understand the theological mistakes of the past so as to prevent those errors from happening today.
  4. Understand the history of interpretation of the Scriptures.
  5. Appreciate the roots of today’s church.
  6. Appreciate the relation between church and state.
  7. Understand church government and its different shapes.
Richard C. Gamble, ThD
  • Universitat Basel, Switzerland, ThD
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, MA
  • Westminster College, BA
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