This course explores the life of the early Church, from its origins and development in the Jewish, Greek and Roman environment, to the Apostolic Fathers and Apologists that first defined its identity. We will look at how the early Christians suffered under the great persecutions until the rise of the Emperor Constantine and the Christianisation of the Roman Empire. Other points of focus will be: the Christian understanding of the nature of God, the great Councils, the Holy Trinity, the relations between divinity and humanity in Christ, and the importance of seeing God’s purpose in the world.
Marco is the Director of the Centre for Faith Enrichment and Adjunct Lecturer in Church History and Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is also a member of the Plenary Council for the Archdiocese of Perth. Marco is committed to offering people an educational experience that draws on the richness of the Catholic tradition. He is married with 3 young boys.