CH 504: Modern Church History. _________
DESCRIPTION: This course introduces the more important themes and events in the life of the church around the world from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Beginning with the post-Reformation period, students will survey the growth and contributions of the church in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and Oceana. Attention will be given to some of the more important historical, theological, and cultural developments that have shaped (or been shaped by) specific regional and global historical contexts.
RELEVANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The effective practice of Christian ministry requires an understanding of the important historical and theological developments that occurred between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. This period saw an unprecedented rise of new – and often complex – ideas and movements that influenced the history of the church and society as a whole. It is essential that those preparing for leadership in ministry become familiar with these historical and theological developments and understand their wide-ranging influence on the modern church and culture.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will be able to (1) identify and explain principle theological developments and historical events and personalities that have shaped the modern church; (2) think critically about historical texts and arguments, placing them in context; (3) interpret a variety of ecclesial traditions and experiences, including their own, with critical awareness and reflection; (4) critically assess their religious and cultural assumptions by examining the complexity and diversity of modem Christian history; (5) gain an appreciation for the multiplicity of ways in which the Christian faith is experienced and expressed around the world.
COURSE FORMAT: Class time will be devoted to formal lectures, questions and answers, and informal classroom discussion.
REQUIRED READING: (Minimum of 1,200 pages, excluding handouts)
Glen Miller, The Modern Church: From the Dawn of the Reformation to the Eve of the Third Millennium. (Abingdon, 1997). 312 pages. ISBN: 9780687006052.
Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom. The Coming of Global Christianity, 2nd edition (Oxford, 2007). 336 pages. ISBN:
Mark Noll, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith (IVP, 2009). 212 pages.
Course Handouts (on Moodle).
Any one book from the following list (student's choice):
Ondina Gonzalez and Justo Gonzalez, Christianity in Latin America: A History (Cambridge, 2007). 344 pages.
Guillermo Cook, ed. New Face of the Church in Latin America: Between Tradition and Change (Orbis, 1994). 289
pages. ISBN: 9780883449370.
David Martin, Tongues of Fire. The Explosion of Protestantism in Latin America (Blackwell, 1993). 366 pages.
Enriquel Dussel, ed. The Church in Latin America 1492-1992 (Orbis, 1992). 512 pages. ISBN: 9780883448205.
H. McKennie Goodpasture, Cross and Sword: An Eyewitness History of Christianity in Latin America (Orbis,
1989). 314 pp. ISBN: 9780883445914.
Benjamin Gutierrez and Dennis Smith, eds. In the Power of the Spirit: The Pentecostal Challenge to Historic
Churches in Latin America (Presbyterian Church USA, 1996). 246 pages. ISBN: 9781879535138.
Adrian Hastings, The Church in Africa, 1450-1950 (Oxford, 1995). 720 pages. ISBN: 9780198263999.
Elizabeth Isichei, A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present (Eerdmans, 1995). 420 pages.
Paul Gifford, African Christianity: Its Public Role (Indiana, 1998). 384 pages. ISBN: 978-0253212047.
Lamin Sanneh, West African Christianity: The Religious Impact (Orbis, 1983). 286 pages. ISBN: 978-0883447031.
Jehu Hanciles, Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration and the Transformation of the West (Orbis,
2008). 430 pages. ISBN: 978-1570757907.
John Pobee and Gabriel Ositelu, African Initiatives in Christianity: The Growth, Gifts and Diversities of Indigenous
African Churches – A Challenge to the Ecumenical Movement (Risk/WCC Publications, 1998). 73 pp. ISBN:
Samuel Moffett, A History of Christianity in Asia: Beginnings to 1500: (Orbis, 1998). 560 pages. ISBN:
Samuel Moffett, A History of Christianity in Asia: 1500-1900 (Orbis, 2005). 742 pages. ISBN: 9781570757013.
Daniel Bays, ed. Christianity in China: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Stanford, 1999). 508 pages.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of
Power (Regency, 2006). 336 pages. ISBN: 9781596980259.
Tony Lambert, The Resurrection of the Chinese Church (OMF/Harold Shaw, 1994). 353 pages. ISBN:
Alan Hunter and Kim-Kwong Chan, Protestantism in Contemporary China (Cambridge, 2007). 316 pages. ISBN:
Ralph Covell, The Liberating Gospel in China: The Christian Faith Among China's Minority Peoples (Baker,
1995), 318 pages. ISBN: 9780801025952.
Donald Clark, Living Dangerously in Korea: The Western Experience 1900-1950 (Eastbridge, 2003). 455 pages.
Wi Jo Kang, Christ and Caesar in Modern Korea: A History of Christianity and Politics (SUNY, 2007). 214 pages.
Piggin, Stuart. Evangelical Christianity in Australia: Spirit, Word and World (Oxford, 1996). 304 pages. ISBN:
Leonard Fernando and G. Gispert-Sauch, Christianity in India: Two Thousand Years of Faith (Penguin/Viking,
2004). 336 pages. ISBN: 9780670057696.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
1. Class attendance and participation, and completion of required readings as preparation for class lectures and discussions (20%)
2. Two research papers (5 pages each) (30%: 15% x 2)
3. Midterm Examination (25%)
4. Final Examination (25%)
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement in Church History "C" (CHC), and
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.