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CH8791B Introduction to Church History

  • Unit Code & NameCH8791B Introduction to Church History
  • DescriptionThis survey unit provides an historical overview and introduction to key people and events in the history of the Church.

    It explores issues of significance faced by Christianity throughout the life of the church. Students will explore how the church and individuals have responded in the past and how this has made an impact on the life of the church and Christian expression today.
  • FieldC - Christian Thought and History
  • DisciplineCH - Church History
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester2, 2018
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Lecturer(s) Assoc Prof Glen O'Brien
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of key themes and events in the history of the church.
    2. Assess the significance of particular key figures of Christian tradition.
    3. Articulate specific ways in which thinking about God and questions of faith have changed throughout Christian history.
    4. Critically articulate the ways Christian tradition can inform faith in the present.
    5. Distinguish between and critically utilise primary and secondary sources.
  • Text Books* set texts recommended for purchase

    *McGrath, Alister. Christian History: An Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
    Bradley, James E., and Richard Muller. Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works and Methods. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
    Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder (eds.). Documents of the Christian Church. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
    Davidson, Ivor J. The Birth of the Church. The Baker History of the Church. Vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
    Davidson, Ivor J. A Public Faith. The Baker History of the Church. Vol. 2. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.
    Gonzales, Justo L. The Story of Christianity. Vol. I. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2010.
    ______. The Story of Christianity. Vol. II. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2010.
    Heinze, Rudolph W. Reform and Conflict. The Baker History of the Church. Vol. 4. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.
    Littell, Franklin H. Historical Atlas of Christianity. New York: Continuum, 2001.
    MacCulloch, Diarmaid. Christian History: An Introduction to the Western Tradition. Peterborough: Epworth, 2006.
    ______. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. London: Penguin books, 2009.
    Mc Manners, John (ed.). The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University press, 1990.
    Noll, Mark A. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997.
    Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History: Aims Methods and New Directions in the Study of History. Sixth Edition. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.