History – world history persuasive assignment

Write a “thesis-based” persuasive esay of at least 1000 to 1200 words, related to some aspect or theme from the first half of our course regarding: 1) The Early Church, or 2) The Medieval Church.

Some possible topics

  • The Greek context for early Christianity
  • The Jewish influence on early Christianity 
  • The early spread of Christianity
  • Women in early Christianity
  • Justin Martyr’s idea of Logos Spermatikos
  • Gnosticism
  • Constantine and the rise of Imperial Roman Christianity
  • The Monastic movement
  • The cult of Thecla
  • Early theology: Irenaeus, Origin, Clement or Augustine
  • Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Hesychasm
  • The development of the New Testament Canon
  • the Arian debate
  • The origins of the Creeds
  • Celtic Christianity
  • The Great (East vs. West) Schism 
  • The Crusades and Spain
  • The Mendicants: Franciscans and Dominicans
  • Mysticism 
  • Scholastic theology
  • Medieval attempts to rationally prove the existence of God
  • The Great Western Schism (Avignon Papacy)
  • The Renaissance
  • Humanism

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