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CH504: HISTORIA DE LA IGLESIA MODERNA [Modern Church History] (4 Units). Emilio A. Núñez.

DESCRIPTION: This course introduces the more significant themes and events in the life of the church, in Europe, Africa, Asia, and especially the Americas, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Beginning with the years following the Reformation, students will survey the growth and contribution of the church through various methodological lenses including theological and sociological approaches.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will be able to (1) identify and explain many of the principal theological developments and historical events and personalities that have shaped the modern church; (2) demonstrate through discussion and writing assignments the ability to think critically about historical texts and arguments, placing them in context; (3) demonstrate through discussion an ability to interpret their own ecclesiastical tradition and other traditions with critical awareness and reflection; (4) critically assess their religious and cultural assumptions by examining the complexity and diversity of Christian history.

COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet five Saturdays throughout the quarter.


Campos, Bernardo. De la reforma: Protestante a la pentecostalidad. Ediciones CLAI, 1997. ISBN: 978-1611470567, Pub. Price $63.00 [186 pp.].

Driver, Juan. La fe en la periferia de la historia. Ediciones Clara-Semilla, 1997. ISBN: 978-8489389083, Pub. Price $16.00 Available free at www.menonitas.org [325 pp.].

González, Justo. Historia del cristianismo. Tomo 2. Editorial Unilit, 1994. ISBN: 978-0789917867, Pub. Price $39.99 [420 pp. assigned].

Martínez Guerra, Juan Francisco, y Luis Scott, eds. Iglesias peregrinas en busca de identidad. Kairos Ediciones, 2004. ISBN: 978-9879403648, Pub. Price $15.00 [274 pp.].

A list of primary sources on eReserve.


Bastian, Jean Pierre. Breve historia de cristianismo en América Latina. CUSPA, 1986. ISBN: 978-08254884179, Pub. Price $8.99.

Pagán, Luis Rivera. Evangelización y violencia. Editorial CEMI, 1991. ISBN: not available, Pub. Price not available. ***OUT OF PRINT


  1. Completion of required reading and eight weekly quizzes on the reading (25% of grade).

  2. Students will read primary sources describing the development of their own ecclesiastical tradition and write a five-page response (20% of grade).

  3. Students will read primary sources describing the development of a church or denominational group outside of their own ecclesiastical tradition. The assignment will include a visit, interview, and interaction with members of the church or denomination being studied. The student will write an 8-page response (30% of grade).

  4. There will be one midterm and a final examination covering the texts and lectures (25% of grade. Midterm=10%; Final=15%).


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Church History “C” (CHC); meets MAT program requirement and Seminary Core Requirement (SCR) for other MA degrees.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.