Course Number: CH507
Professor of Church History and Director Emeritus of the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Since the Reformation, the church has experienced countless changes and advancements. In this course, learners survey the development of the Christian church’s doctrine, faith, and practice from the Protestant Reformation to the present. The lectures focus on the cultural, political, and economic backgrounds of the Reformation, Enlightenment, and Great Awakenings, and emphasize the contributions of key figures of these eras. The course highlights the rise and spread of various traditions, including Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism, Puritanism, Evangelicalism, and Fundamentalism. Students will also study the nature and trends of modern and postmodern Christianity, with the goal of applying insights to contemporary life.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Articulate the development of Christian doctrine, faith, and practice from the Protestant Reformation to the present.
- Describe the theological tenets established by Luther as key to the Reformation.
- Distinguish between the fundamental characteristics of Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism, and Anabaptism.
- Understand the impact of the Council of Trent on church doctrine and reform.
- Recognize the significance of the events studied in this course on today’s church.