Course Registration No. REL-031


A one-semester course, worth five high school credits. The History of the Church (The Didache Series); St. Augustine: The Confessions (tr. M. Boulding); Early Christian Writing: The Apostolic Fathers (tr. M. Staniforth);  Writings of St. John Chrysostom (any; online?); History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Edw. Gibbon; any; online?).  This semester we explore early Church history from the Roman world through the Carolingian empire first century B.C. through the ninth century A.D.).



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    The History of the Church: Student Text, Complete Edition

    • Author: Peter V. Armenio (The Didache Series)
    • Publisher/Copyright: Woodridge: Midwest Theological Forum, 2005. Print.
    • ISBN: 1890177466        978-1890177461
    • Supplier: Midwest Theological Forum

    Hardcover; 816 pages; 22 chapters. This text is used in Church History I, II, and III. The workbook and teacher's manual are not needed. Order the COMPLETE edition, not the semester edition of the student text. This is a non-consumable text that will be used by a single student during most of high school and can be passed on to younger siblings; it is best to purchase the text rather than rent it. Direct link to ordering page on the publisher's website:

    The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

    • Publisher/Copyright: San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006. Print.
    • ISBN: 0898708338        978-0898708332
    • Supplier: Retail or

    While we use this edition of the Bible, any Catholic version in hardcover or paperback will suffice.

    Early Christian Writings : The Apostolic Fathers

    • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Penguin Books USA, 1987. Print.
    • Translator: Maxwell Staniforth
    • ISBN: 0140444750        978-0140444759
    • Supplier: Retail or

    208 pages; originally published in 1968.

    Writings of St. John Chrysostom (any)

    • Author: St. John Chrysostom
    • ISBN: (any)        (any)
    • Supplier: Library

    Any edition. Any selection of writings. A collection of his writings are available to read online at

    St. Augustine : The Confessions

    • Author: St. Augustine
    • Publisher/Copyright: Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2001. Print.
    • Translator: Maria Boulding
    • ISBN: 1565481542        978-1565481541
    • Supplier: Retail or

    304 Pages.

    History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3

    • Author: Edward Gibbon
    • Publisher/Copyright:
    • ISBN: 0140433953        978-0140433951
    • Supplier: Library

    This text is in most libraries. The entire 12 volume work is available to read online at the Liberty Fund, Inc. Online Library of Liberty – Type the following into your browser for a direct link to Gibbon’s "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire":

    Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

    • Author: Directed by Christian Duguay
    • Publisher/Copyright: Studio: Ignatius Press, 2013. DVD.
    • ISBN:        9781586178833
    • Supplier: Ignatius Press

    "A special 2-DVD collector's edition of the acclaimed epic film on St. Augustine of Hippo. Filmed in Europe, the first full-length feature movie on Augustine, it uses a historic backdrop to tell the true story of one of the Church's most beloved and well-known Saints. Its message of sin, conversion, redemption is as timely today as it was in the 5th century of Augustine. It is the story of a gifted man who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass - and the dramatic changes that occur in his soul when challenging events lead him to see the light of truth. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe. With Augustine, the stories of two other great saints, Monica and Ambrose, are also portrayed."


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