CH501 History of World Christianity I: Early Christianity to the Reformation
This course will help you deepen your understanding of the faith as you trace the growth of Christianity from Pentecost to early Protestantism. Sharpen your discernment as you engage both the tensions of intercultural transmission as well as the transitions occasioned by new historical contexts. We will tackle early church debates over Christology, Canon, and Christendom, as well as track the development of church government, piety, sacraments, and theology into the “middle ages” and up to the early modern calls for reform. All along, you will marvel at how the faith once and for all delivered to the saints is freshly articulated in contexts as diverse as Ireland, Ethiopia, India, and China.
CH502 History of World Christianity II: Reformation and Globalization
Christianity has always been a global faith, quickly spreading north, south, east, and west of Palestine. However, around the 16th century that process expanded greatly, as missionaries and immigrants brought Christianity to Asia, Africa, and the Americas. At the same time, reformers were calling for a return to early Christian belief and practice in Europe. The twin processes of globalization and reformation characterized ensuing centuries of Christian development, as increasingly diverse European Christians sought to spread their faith to newly encountered people and continents. You will track this spread, asking how Christianity became American, African, and Asian, with particular attention to the distinct role of American evangelicalism as both a result of European reformations and participant in further globalizations. Finally, you will be asked to integrate this knowledge with your own spiritual, theological, and vocational commitments.
CH518 Christian Women through the Centuries: Their Calling, Character and Contribution
A biblical, historical, and contemporary look at women God has used effectively in ministry. Examine lives of godly women, assess their character, roles, vision, and response to the culture in which they lived, and develop principles that can be applied in life today.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Kristin Beasley. Frequency: Rare. General Elective for all programs except MAC. Prerequisite: None. In some instances, may be used to replace select Leadership Development courses in the MDiv LD and MABL if approved by Academic Petition. Formerly coded as MI518. Download Sample Syllabus.]
CH580 Church History Individualized Study
A unique course designed by a faculty advisor and student to develop competence in the area of Church History.
[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Any Semester. General Elective for all programs except MAC. Prerequisites: 3.4 GPA. and approved Academic Petition. May be repeated for credit as CH 581 when section content differs.]
CH595 Selected Topics in Church History
An occasional Church History elective offered as the need and opportunity arise. Course content is dependent on the expertise of available faculty (resident, adjunct, and visiting), current issues of academic and practical importance, and overall balance in regard to recent course offerings.
[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Occasional. General Elective for all programs except MAC. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for credit when section content differs.]
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