Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorVasileios Georgopoulos
Course ID60005075

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

Registered students: 172
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID

Class Schedule

FloorFloor 3
HallΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ B (99)
CalendarWednesday 09:00 to 11:00
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge of the Greek and international scene of the various heretic and para-Christian movements; Information on the history, the teaching and the proselytistic (conversion) manipulations of the various heretic movements; Delimitation of the differences with the Orthodox dogmatic teachings and refutation of the heretic teachings. By the end of this course the students will be able: - to better understand the theological criteria of the Orthodox doctrinal teachings. - to undestand the causes that led to the contemporary heresies. - to interpret the theological presuppositions that led to the heretic teachings. - articulate with clarity theological arguments in the discussion with various christian heresies.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction about hersies.Historical-theological context of the emergence of modern Christian heresies and para- Christian movements.Teaching and refutation of these heresies,on the basis of Tradition and life of the Orthodox Church. 1. Introduction on heresies and para-Christian movements. 2. The historic - dogmatic framework of heresies’ emergence. 3. The origins of the Protestant heresy. 4. Jehovah's Witnesses. 5. Jehovah's Witnesses. (cont’d) 6. The Seventh-Day Adventists. 7. The Pentecostal - Charismatic movement. 8. The Mormons. 9. The Christian Science . 10. Panorama of heresies in Greece. 11. Panorama of heresies in Greece. (cont’d) 12. Methods and ways of proselytizing. 13. The Orthodox confrontation of the phenomenon.
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Cοntact Student via e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602.4
Student Assessment
Oral exams[100% οf the final grade]
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Πρωτ. Αντ. Αλεβιζόπουλου, Εγχειρίδιο Αιρέσεων και Παραχριστιανικών ομάδων, εκδ. Διάλογος - ΠΕΓ, Αθήνα 1994
Additional bibliography for study
1) Πρωτ. Αντ. Αλεβιζόπουλου, Η λατρεία της Σκοπιάς, Τόμοι Α-Γ, εκδ. ΠΕΓ - Διάλογος, Αθήνα 1993 - 1995. 2) Του ιδίου, Αντιμετώπιση των αιρέσεων, εκδ. ΠΕΓ - Διάλογος, Αθήνα 1995 3) Αντ. Παπαδοπούλου, Σύγχρονες αιρέσεις, "Θρησκευτικά κινήματα", Νέα Εποχή, εκδ. Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 20053 4) Σωτ. Λιόση, Γνωστές θρησκείες, αιρέσεις και παραθρησκευτικές ομάδες στην Ελλάδα. Ευκτήριοι οίκοι, εκδ. ΄Αθως, Αθήνα 2004 5) Μητρ. Κορινθίας Παντελεήμονος Καρανικόλα, Οι αιρετικοί Προτεστάντες, εκδ. Αστήρ, Αθήνα 19913 6) Σπυρ. Τσιτσίγκου, Προθεωρία στην ψυχολογία της αίρεσης, Αθήνα 2010 7) Antony Hoekema, The Four Major Cults, The Paternoster Press, Grand Rapids 1963 8) Gordon Melton, Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America, Revised and Updaten Edition, Carland Publishing, Inc. New York & London 1992 9) James R. Lewis, Cults in America, Contemporary World Issues, USA 1998 10) R. Hempelmann u.a. (Hrsg) Panorama der neuen Religiosität, Gütersloh 20052 11) H. Krech - M. Kleininger (Hrsg), Handbuch Religiöse Gemeinschaftern und Weltanschauungen, Gütersloh 20066 12) H. Baer - H. Gasper - J. Müller - J. Sinabell (Hrsg), Lexikon neureligiöser Gruppen Szenen und Weltanschauungen, Herder, Freiburg - Basel - Wien 2005 13) G. Schmind - G.O. Schmid (Hrsg), Kirchen - Sekten - Religionen, TVZ, Zürich 20037
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