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Today’s Agenda. Reminder to students who missed the quiz: you must schedule with me to make it up before Wednesday! Pass back Gnostic article paragraphs Pass out revised syllabus – reflects a change in Test 1 (it’s been pushed back a day)

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today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • Reminder to students who missed the quiz: you must schedule with me to make it up before Wednesday!
  • Pass back Gnostic article paragraphs
  • Pass out revised syllabus – reflects a change in Test 1 (it’s been pushed back a day)
  • Discuss inclusion of participation grade: you will lose points if you are sleeping, distracting others (with behavior or continued talking), or fail to bring class materials
ecumenical councils
Ecumenical Councils
  • P. 68 – list of all councils
  • Oikoumene = the whole inhabited world
  • What is the purpose of an ecumenical council?
    • To deliberate and discuss central issues of doctrine and discipline of the Church
    • Brings together bishops under the leadership of the Pope
  • What distinguishes an ecumenical council from others?
    • Bishops are convened from all over the world
    • Teachings have the highest authority - infallibility
  • First 7 are recognized by Eastern Orthodox and Protestant churches
church fathers
Church Fathers
  • Church Father: traditionally held title, distinguished between East (Greek) and West (Latin), up until about AD 700
  • Patristics: study of the teachings and writings of the Church Fathers
  • Four characteristics:
    • Orthodox in doctrine
    • Holy
    • Notoriety
    • Lived in the early centuries
the formation of the canon
The Formation of the Canon
  • “Canon” means rule or measure
  • In Ecclesiastical Terminology “Canon” refers to those books approved by the Catholic Church as part of Sacred Scripture
  • Local Church Councils in the 4th Century are clear witnesses to the Canon being complete
  • The Catholic Church makes an official declaration at the Ecumenical Council of Trent
how do you know if the english translation of scripture you re reading is approved
How do you know if the English Translation of scripture you’re reading is approved?
  • Is it one of the approved versions listed?
    • Douay-Rheims
    • Jerusalem Bible
    • New American Bible
    • Revised Standard Version
  • Does it have an Imprimatur or ecclesiastical approval?
  • Does it have 46 OT and 27 NT books?
st john chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom

“I will not speak of they mystery to thine enemies”

His Divine Liturgy is still used by most Antiochene Eastern Orthodox churches