Course Number: CHH 670
Course Title: Great Personalities in Church History: Saints, Sinners and Interesting Characters

Term: Fall 2017

Fr. Gregory J. Lockwood; 314-956-4685

1. Course Description

Very rarely, in the course of education in the history of the Church, do we spend much time with the individual personalities who have been so influential in terms of doctrine and practice. This course endeavors to produce extended conversations between the students and many historical figures, figures from varying backgrounds and points of view. Whether they be fathers (or church mothers), emperors, spiritual writers, friend or foe, it is vitally important that we understand, in context, their writings, personalities and contributions.

2. Envisioned Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will become more familiar with the great and controversial personalities in the history of our Church;
  2. The student will come to appreciate more fully the complexities of the development of Church doctrine and dogma in the face of theological challenges.
  3. The student will have a greater awareness of the diversity and fullness of the Church’s writers, clerics, religious, and civil figures.

3. Course Schedule

Week 1: Introduction/The Father of All Heresy

Readings: Slides 1-36

Activities: Discussion Board Question 1

Week 2:  Some Troublemakers/Rome/Early Martyrdom

Readings: Slides 37-80

Activities: Discussion Board Question 2

Week 3:  Martyrdom cont./Church Mothers

Readings:  Slides 81-117

Activities: Discussion Board Question 3

Week 4:  Church and State/Jewish Christianity

Readings: Slides 118-148

Activities: Discussion Board Question 4

Week 5:  Heresy/Irenaeus of Lyons

Readings: Slides 149-204

Activities: Discussion Board Question 5

Week 6:  Marcion and Tertullian

Readings: Slides 205-245

Activities: Discussion Board Question 6

Week 7:  St. Helena/Arianism

Readings: Slides 246-282

Activities: Discussion Board Question 7

Week 8: St. Antony

Readings: Slides 283-307

Activities: Discussion Board Question 8

Week 9: Julian the Apostate/The Cappadocian Fathers

Readings: Slides 308-331

Activities: Discussion Board Question 9

Week 10: The Christological Controversies/Nestorius

Readings: Slides 332-366

Activities: Discussion Board Question 10

Week 11: St. Benedict/Monasticism

Readings: Slides 367-394

Activities: Discussion Board Question 11

Week 12: Augustine/Gregory/JohnDamascene/Charlemagne/Francis/Clare

Readings: Slides 395-445

Activities: Discussion Board Question 12

Week 13: Thomas Aquinas/Dante/Ockham/Catherine of Siena/Luther/Calvin

Readings: Slides 446-503

Activities: Discussion Board Question 13

Week 14: Great Church Mothers of the Reformation/Modern Period

Readings: Slides 504-547

Activities: Discussion Board Question 14

Week 15: Additional Time for Term Paper





(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at


A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below


Absence of Understanding

Analysis shows no awareness of the discipline or its methodologies as the relate to the topic

Lack of Understanding

Analysis seems to misunderstand some basic concepts of the discipline or lacks ability to articulate them.

Inadequate understanding

Analysis is sometimes unclear in understanding or articulating concepts of the discipline.

Adequate understanding

Analysis demonstrates an understanding of basic concepts of the discipline but could express them with greater clarity.

Solid Understanding

Analysis demonstrates a clear understanding and articulation of concepts with some sense of their wider implications.

Insightful understanding

Analysis clearly demonstrates an understanding and articulation of  concepts of the discipline as they relate to the topic; highlights connec-tions to other con-cepts; integrates concepts into wider contexts.


Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.

Weak research and/or documentation

Inadequate number or quality of sources; many facts not referenced; several errors in citation format.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources; too many citation errors.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors

Excellent critical research and documentation

Critically selected and relevant scholarly sources demonstrating extensive, in-depth research; sources skillfully incorporated into paper at all necessary points; all citations follow standard bibliographic format


Incomplete writing

Analysis is only partially written or completely misses the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Analysis fails to address the topic; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Episodic writing, a mix of strengths and weaknesses.

Analysis noticeably neglects or misinterprets the topic; simplistic or repetitive treatment, only partially-internalized; weak organization and development, some meandering;  simple sentences, below-level diction; distracting errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Analysis is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment;  satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing, with something interesting to say.

Analysis is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples;  level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

Command-level writing, making a clear impression

Analysis is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development ; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage

COMMUNITY INTERACTION (50-word response)

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”

Poor response

Response misses the point of the original posting

Weak response

Response summarizes original posting to which it responds

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development


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Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.


Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.


Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.


An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete and must receive the grade that they have earned. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.


I’m Fr. Gregory J. Lockwood, Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Kansa City, MO, and Secretary for Seminarians for Bishop Finn in the Vocations Office. I have taught in varied disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over twenty years. A former professor at Kenrick Seminary in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, I am a Pastoral Provision priest; I am a former Lutheran pastor and a submarine force veteran from the US Navy in the 1970’s. I am married, and have five children and ten (so far) grandchildren. I specialize in Marian theology, the occasional literature of the NT era, Christology, Fundamental Theology, Bible, and Church history in general.