Political Theory of Christianity.

Course Information
TitleΗ πολιτική θεωρία του Χριστιανισμού. / Political Theory of Christianity.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Christou
Course ID600015739

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 4
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)2110
Applied TheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization2110

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of Church History and ancient Philosophy
Learning Outcomes
The familariization of the students with the political thought of Christianity: (a) The initiation of the students in the scientific reflection concerning the complex relationship between Church and State, (b) the understanding of the philosophical background of the byzantine ideal of "Synallelia", and (c) the conscious knowledge of the similarities and differences that exist between the political thought of Christianity and the modern conception regarding society, political institutions and the state.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
THE POLITICAL THEORY OF CHRISTIANISM. This is a series of courses examining the political philosophy of Christianity in the successive phases of its evolution, from the time of the New Testament to the late Byzantine times. The general title of the courses is "The Political Theory of Christianity" and their structure is as follows: 1. Prehistory and the Beginning: Baseleia, Messianism and Theocracy in Ancient Israel. The political theory of the Greco-Roman world 2. The Jesus Movement in Palestine and Political Thought in the New Testament: The 13th Chapter of the First Epistle and the 13th Chapter of the Revelation 3. The "synchronistic parallelelism": Apologetic and Apocalyptic in the Ancient Church 4. Constantine and Eusebius of Caesarea: the christianization of Imperial Ideology 5. Spiritual and secular power: The emergence of institutional dualism in early Byzantium 6. The social preaching of the fathers of the Church 7. The "State of God" (De Civitate Dei) of holy Augustine 8. Justinian and the political ideology of the Byzantine Empire 9. The Imperial Ideology from the 7th Century to the End of Iconoclasm and the Final Definition of the Relations of the Two Powers 10. Byzantine "mirror of rulers" 11. The Late Byzantine Period 12. The "Laws" of Plethon Gemistos 13. Review and conclusions
Church-State Relations, Christianity-Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Byzantine-Political Ideology, History of Ideas, Fathers of the Church-Social Teaching, Byzantine Philosophy, Hellenism and Christianity
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
  • Photocopies of ancient Greek texts
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of learning material available in the internet and communication with the students through e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment90
Written assigments121
Student Assessment
The evaluation is done by written essay at the end of the semester. The students' active participation in the lesson and the work they present to the teacher and their peers are positively measured
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Report (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1.Αγουρίδης, Σ., Η Αποκάλυψη του Ιωάννη, Ερμηνεία Καινής Διαθήκης 18, Θεσσαλονίκη 1994 2.Καραγιαννόπουλος, Ι.Ε., Η πολιτική θεωρία των Βυζαντινών, Θεσσαλονίκη 1992 3.Μποζίνης, Κ., Ο Ιωάννης ο Χρυσόστομος για το Imperium Romanum (Μελέτη πάνω στην πολιτική σκέψη της Αρχαίας Εκκλησίας), Αθήνα 2003 4.Χρήστου, Κ. Π., Ο «βασιλικός ανδριάς» του Νικηφόρου Βλεμμύδη (Συμβολή στην πολιτική θεωρία των Βυζαντινών), Θεσσαλονίκη 1996 5.Χρήστου Π., Η κοινωνιολογία του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου, Αθήνα 1951 6.Dvornik F., Early Christian and Byzantine Political Philosophy (Origins and Background), τόμ. Α΄-Β΄, Washington D.C. 1966 7.Novak, M.R., Χριστιανισμός και Ρωμαïκή αυτοκρατορία, μτφ. Ν. Σιδέρη, Αθήνα 2008 8.Theissen, G., Καίρια χαρακτηριστικά της κίνησης του Ιησού: κοινωνιολογική θεώρηση (Συμβολή στην ιστορία γένεσης του αρχέγονου χριστιανισμού), μτφ. Δ. Χαρισοπούλου-Θ. Σωτηρίου, Αθήνα 1997 9.Veyne, P., Όταν ο κόσμος μας έγινε χριστιανικός (312-394 μ.Χ.), μτφ. Γ. Καράμπελας,Αθήνα 2013
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