Early Christians on Mary, Mother of God

Aug 19, 2023
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Robert PorwollGustavus Adolphus College

The Lumen Christi Institute has designed this two-day seminar to introduce major themes and debates from the Catholic Church's history to a wide online audience. It offers the opportunity to read primary sources in the context of a seminar-style discussion, led by Catholic faculty.  

The enrollment fee for this short course is $95 USD. Because we believe the Catholic Intellectual Tradition should be made available to everyone, a limited number of scholarships are available. Contact for more details.

This is one of three short courses hosted by the Lumen Christi Institute this summer. If you would like to take a deep dive into the Church's tradition by signing up for all three short courses for the discounted price of $200, you can do so HERE.

In the 20th century, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary, but the belief in Mary’s unique role in the world holds roots in the deeper and early Chrisitan tradition. This course will examine early Christians’ vision of Mary in the New Testament, in aspects of early Christian thought, the Christological roots of Mary as Theotokos, Mother of God, and as well as early accounts of Mary’s assumption or ‘dormition.’



Session 1: Tuesday, August 15: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Session 2: Saturday, August 19: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 3: Saturday, August 19: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


​​*Pdfs. of all readings will be provided to participants.