By Michael A.G. Haykin
April 19–26 Read Tertullian’s Against Praxeas
Question: What are Tertullian’s main arguments against modalism and how does he anticipate the later Trinitarian formula “three persons in one being”?
April 27–30 Read Cyprian, To Donatus
Question: Outline Cyprian’s understanding of conversion.
May 1–7 Read Cyprian, On the Unity of the Catholic Church
Question: What are the marks of the true church according to Cyprian and how does he substantiate his view?
May 8–15 Read Novatian, On the Trinity
Question: How does Novatian show from Scripture that Jesus is God?
May 16–23 Read Hilary of Poitiers, On the Trinity, Book 1
Question: Outline Hilary’s conversion.
May 24–31 Read Augustine, Confessions (the whole book)
Question: Outline the way that Augustine depicts God as The Beautiful.
June 1–7 Read Augustine, City of God 1.1–36; 4.1–4; 11.1–4; 12.4–9; 13.1–24; 14.1–28; 15.1–2; 20.1–30; 21.1–2; 22.8–9; 22.29–30
Question: What is Augustine’s understanding of history?
June 8–15 Read Patrick, Confession
Question: What is Patrick’s understanding of the missionary call?
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Michael A.G. Haykin is the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He also serves as Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Haykin and his wife Alison have two grown children, Victoria and Nigel.