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“For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill.” — John Winthrop (1588-1649)

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In his 1835 work, Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville commented on the deep religious faith of the American people and its importance in maintaining the Republic.

The History of Christianity in America

Course Number: CH503


Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas

Course Description:

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” So said George Washington, reflecting early America’s regard for divine providence. This course examines the church in America from its continental beginnings to the current day, emphasizing the influences that have forged the contemporary religious scene. Starting with the nature of Christianity in British colonies prior to the Revolution, the course traces the development of Christianity throughout its tumultuous history in America, including the effects of the Civil War and the Great Awakenings. The goal of the course is to see the workings of God throughout American history and to gain insight into the state of Christendom today.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Trace the history of Christianity in the United States beginning with its roots in British colonialism.
  2. Think critically about the nature and meaning of the American political experiment.
  3. Gain insight into present-day issues in the American church.
  4. Grow spiritually through an understanding of our evangelical heritage, particularly through the lives and ministries of selected major figures.

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