Orthodoxy and Heresy. From ancient to contemporary heresies

Course Information
TitleΟρθοδοξία και Αίρεση. Από τις αρχαίες στις σύγχρονες αιρέσεις / Orthodoxy and Heresy. From ancient to contemporary heresies
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorVasileios Georgopoulos
Course ID600015507

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Pastoral and Social Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 20
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
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)
  • French (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the completion of the course the students will be able to: - compare different Christian traditions and movements - trace the socio-political factors that contribute to the emergence of ancient and contemporary sects - explain the criteria that the Church developed in her encounter with the heresies and sects - formulate with clarity theological arguments in the discussion of various Christian groups
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Orthodoxy and heresy are not just theoretical constructions. They were presented by concrete historical defined groups though history. In this course the variety of the conceptions of the catholicity of Church are discussed in their historical and theological context. Course schedule: 1) Methodological issues. Analysis of the terms "orthodoxy" and "heresy" 2) The worshipping Church community as the criterium of Orthodoxy and truth 3) Presuppositions of Church theological discourse 4) Judaism and Hellenism as the ideological context of ancient heresies 5) Ancient trinitarian heresies 6) Ancient Christological heresies 7) From Schism (1054) to Reformation 8) Anabaptists 9) Anti-trinitarian heresies in the Reformation period 10) Anti-trinitarian Pentecostals 11) Chiliasm - Eschatological sects of modern times 12) Sectarian movements and teachings in the Russian and Greek world (16th-19th c.) 13) Sectarian movements in Greece (20th c.)
christological heresies, anti-trinitarian, trinitarian heresies, sects
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Contact of students via e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602.4
Student Assessment
Oral exams or written assignment (100% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ν.ΜΑΤΣΟΥΚΑ,Ορθοδοξία και Αίρεση στους Εκκλησιαστικους συγγραφείς του Δ΄Ε΄ΣΤ΄ ΑΙΩΝΕΣ,εκδ.Κυριακίδης,Θεσσαλονικη 2017
Additional bibliography for study
- N. Mατσούκα, Δογμαική και Συμβολική Θεολογία Α΄: Εισαγωγή στη θεολογική γνωσιολογία, Κυριακίδης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016 - N. Mατσούκα, Δογματική και Συμβολική Θεολογία Β΄: Έκθεση της Ορθόδοξης πίστης σε αντιπαράθεση με τη δυτική Χριστιανοσύνη, Κυριακίδης, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016. -Αντ. Αλεβιζόπουλου (πρωτοπρεβ.), Εγχειρίδιο Αιρέσεων και Παραχριστιανικών ομάδων, εκδ. Διάλογος - ΠΕΓ, Αθήνα 1994. -Πρωτ.Βασ.Γεωργόπουλου (πρωτοπρεβ.), " Χριστολογικές έριδες και νέες αιρέσεις στα χρόνια της Μεταρρύθμισης", ΘΕΟΛΟΓΙΑ 80,1(2009), 127 - 145.
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