The Theological college of the Catechetical School of Alexandria was re-established in 1893 as the Coptic Theological Seminary.
The contributions of the Coptic Church to Christendom are many. From the beginning, it played a central role in Christian theology – and especially to protect it from the Gnostics heresies. The Coptic Church produced thousands of texts, biblical and theological studies which are important resources for archeology. The Holy Bible was translated to the Coptic language in the second century. Hundreds of scribes used to write copies of the Bible and other liturgical and theological books. Now libraries, museums and universities throughout the world possess hundreds and thousands of Coptic manuscripts.
Although fully integrated into the body of the modern Egyptian nation, the Copts have survived as a strong religious entity who pride themselves on their contribution to the Christian world. The Coptic church regards itself as a strong defendant of Christian faith.
The Nicene Creed, which is recited in all churches throughout the world, has been authored by one of its favourite sons, St. Athanasius, the Pope of Alexandria for 46 years, from 327 A.D. to 373 A.D. This status is well deserved, after all, Egypt was the refuge that the Holy Family sought in its flight from Judea: “When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son” [Mathew 2:12-23].
St. Athanasius The Apostolic Coptic Theological College, United Kingdom, was established in September 1997 by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the Dean of the college.