The current Survey of Church History course has undergone a great revision with the goal of more effective learning for you as students! Beginning in May 2019, two courses will now be offered in church history, taking the place of the singular Survey of Church History course that was previously offered. Each course will continue to be comprehensive in nature and will now specifically focus on two specific periods of church history:
- History of Christianity I will thoughtfully study the Ancient and Medieval periods of Church History [First through fourteenth century]
- History of Christianity II will thoughtfully study the Reformation and Modern periods of Church History [Fifteenth through twenty-first century]
In learning about two thousand years of church history, it is our goal to have students slow down to better reflect on the history of Christianity and the church within specific time periods, seeing how the Lord has wrought his redemptive plan throughout time.
Why is it important to study church history?
First and foremost, it is our call to know and understand history because all history is God's history. Church history is our family history; it is the way in which the Lord has walked with his people through the ages in both the good and hard times. We must understand where we have come from to know where we are going.
Second, studying church history encourages cultural literacy. It is our call to know about the world in which we live, and more specifically, to know about our Christian history. Much of our culture today presumes to understand history and we should be prepared to defend or commend the history that we are told in a responsible and faithful apologetic.
Finally, understanding church history helps us to put the pieces of life together. In all things, history is the connecting link. From theology to exegesis, counseling to pastoral practice, history helps us see each focus in light of the other.
What will the courses contain? What is different?
Instead of offering a bird's eye view of 2000 years of church history, our new courses have been broken up to cover two major eras of church history: the time of the Early Church to the Medieval Church, and the Reformation to the era of the Church of the Modern Age. In order to shorten the breadth and provide a new depth to the study of some of the key personalities and events in the history of Christianity, new readings and assignments have been included in each course.
We recognize that church history is often a difficult subject to tackle and uncharted territory to most. As we have made room for more time to learn and focus on these respective areas of church history, it is our hope that expanding these courses will not only be more effective for your learning, but also provide a greater appreciation for a study of the history of God's Church throughout the ages.
What if I have already taken Survey of Church History?
You have completed the Church History requirement for your program! You will not need to take History of Christianity I or History of Christianity II.
If I haven't yet taken a church history course, do I have to take both courses?
Beginning for the May 2019 term forward, students are only required to take one of the two History of Christianity courses to fulfill the Church History course requirement.
Can I take both courses?
You can! You are able to use one course toward your church history requirement and one course toward an unfulfilled theology elective.
*Note that MAC students only have one theology elective. MACS students have four theology electives.
Which course should I take?
All of church history is equally relevant, so there is not one "better" course than the other! We would encourage you to look at the topics covered in both courses and consider taking the course you know the least about in order for you to gain a more full understanding of all of church history.
When will each course be offered?
History of Christianity I will be offered in the September and January terms while History of Christianity II will be offered in the March and May terms.
Will you still offer the Reformation course as an elective?
Yes! The Reformation course will continue to be offered in the January 2020 term and will give more specific attention directly to the Reformation period.
We are excited to share with you new changes to the existing Survey of Church History course that will be coming! If you have questions about these course changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.