Contemporary Christian Sects A

Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorVasileios Georgopoulos
Course ID60005113

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 7
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
COREElective Courses1110
Dogmatics and Symbolic TheologyCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Delimitation of the differences with the Orthodox dogmatic teachings and refutation of the heretic teachings
General Competences
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
A. Latest Non-Trinitarian heresies and their doctrines. Teaching and refutation on the basis of tradition and doctrines of the Orthodox Church. The course is organized in the following thirteen thematic areas: i. The Antitrinitarian doctrines in the years of Reformation. ii. The Antitrinitarian Socinian doctrines. iii. The Antitrinitarian doctrines of Unitarianism iv. The Antitrinitarian doctrines according to the Jehova’s Witnesses(I) v. The Antitrinitarian doctrines according to the Jehova’s Witnesses(II) vi. The doctrines of Oneness Pentecostalism vii. The Antitrinitarian doctrines of the Mormons(I) viii. The Antitrinitarian doctrines of the Mormons(II) ix. The doctrines of Christian Science. x. Little Antitrinitarian movements in Europe. xi. Little Antitrinitarian movements in U.S.A. xii. Antitrinitarian movements in Greece. xiii. Criticism on the latest Antitrinitarian doctrines in light of the Orthodox doctrine
Antitrinitarian doctrines
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
1)C.Andresen- M.Ritter(Hrsg),Handbuch der Dognen und Theologiegeschichte, Band 3,Goetingen 1998. 2)Πρωτ. Αντ. Αλεβιζόπουλου, Εγχειρίδιο Αιρέσεων και Παραχριστιανικών ομάδων, εκδ. Διάλογος - ΠΕΓ, Αθήνα 1994 3 3) Σπυρ. Τσιτσίγκου, Προθεωρία στην ψυχολογία της αίρεσης, Αθήνα 2010 4) Antony Hoekema, The Four Major Cults, The Paternoster Press, Grand Rapids 1963 5) Gordon Melton, Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America, Revised and Updaten Edition, Carland Publishing, Inc. New York & London 1992 6) James R. Lewis, Cults in America, Contemporary World Issues, USA 1998 7) R. Hempelmann u.a. (Hrsg) Panorama der neuen Religiosität, Gütersloh 20052 8) H. Krech - M. Kleininger (Hrsg), Handbuch Religiöse Gemeinschaftern und Weltanschauungen, Gütersloh 20066 9) H. Baer - H. Gasper - J. Müller - J. Sinabell (Hrsg), Lexikon neureligiöser Gruppen Szenen und Weltanschauungen, Herder, Freiburg - Basel - Wien 2005
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