Early Church History

Subject Code CH301 - Undergraduate
CH501 - Graduate
TitleEarly Church History
Study Modes On Campus, Distance
AvailabilitySemester 1, 2015
TypeRegular or Elective


This period of church history is perhaps the most significant of all. It is the time when the early Christians developed their understanding of the person of Christ, the Trinity, the Scriptures, the nature of the church and ministry. They faced enormous trials of physical persecution, and the challenges of false teachings. During this time the creeds, the statements of what we believe, were hammered out and have been the standard of Christianity right through to today. In studying Early Church History the student will have a grounding in where all the key beliefs of Christianity came from, and how these apply today. Graduate students will also undertake a study of the Confessions of Augustine.(It is particularly helpful to have this historical understanding prior to studying theology.)

Prerequisites and Exclusions

There are no pre-requisites for this subject.

Time Commitment

Early Church History will require a time commitment on behalf of the student.

If you are studying online you will need to commit to approximately 10 hours per week.

If you are studying on campus you will need to commit to 3 hours of lecture time and approximately 7 hours private study per week.

Richard Coombs

M.Th. (Hons) – South Africa Theological Seminary, South Africa
Grad. Dip. Ministry – Melbourne College of Divinity, Melbourne
Dip. Theol. – Melbourne College of Divinity, Melbourne


Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.