Senior Patristics Seminar
OVERARCHING OBJECTIVES FOR SENIOR PATRISTIC READING SEMINAR
A familiarizing of the student with major patristic authors from all periods of Church History.
SENIOR PATRISTIC READING SEMINAR
This is a year-long reading seminar for seniors in the field of patristic literature. Patristic literature is the writings of the Saints that is not a part of the New Testament. Modern Scholars limit the age of patristic literature from the 1st century to the 8th century AD. In this course we will not limit ourselves to works written before the 8th century but we will look at significant works from all the centuries from apostolic era until now. Authors we will cover, but not limited too, are Ss. Athanasius, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, Gregory of Nyssa, John Chrysostom, Dorotheos of Gaza, Maximus the Confessor, John of Damascus, Theodore the Studite, Gregory Palamas, Tikhon of Zadonsk, Silouan the Athonite and Nikolai of Serbia. Students will read and summarize a different text each week. They will write brief essays periodically on specific themes drawn from the texts read. A paper will be the final assignment of each semester.
Required Course Materials:
- PDFs provided by instructor
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Father Nikolai Meyers is a native of Southern California. He holds a bachelor of arts in Bible and cross-cultural ministry from Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan, Kansas. He earned his master of divinity from St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary, in South Cannon, Pennsylvania. He was ordained Deacon in September of 2007 by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochain Archdiocese at St. Tikhon Monastery in South Cannon, Pennsylvania, and to the holy Priesthood in July of 2008 by His Eminence at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California. He served 6 years as assistant pastor of St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and concurrently was the priest in charge of the St. Paul Orthodox Mission in Tupelo, Mississippi. From October of 2014 to July of 2019 he was the pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in New Hartford, New York, where he was also the spiritual adviser for Teen SOYO in the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and Upstate New York. He now serves as the pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Topeka, Kansas. He is married and has 5 children. E-mail: email@example.com
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