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Winter 2014/Seattle




DESCRIPTION: An introductory overview of the history of Christianity and historical theology from the end of the sixth century through the middle of the sixteenth century. In addition to providing a basic narrative history of Christianity in the West during this period, the course will involve students in opportunities for more intensive exploration of their particular interests in the story of Christianity during the medieval and Reformation periods.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: The learning outcomes for this course are (1) to introduce students to some of the major people, movements, doctrines, and themes in the history of Christianity in the Middle Ages and Reformation (cognitive) (assessed by midterm and final exam); (2) to assist students in appropriating some of the spiritual insights and resources from the history of the church for their own Christian growth and ministry (affective) (assessed by devotional leadership); (3) to enable students to explore in detail the life and thought of one specific historical figure from the period surveyed in the course (cognitive/affective) (assessed by historical figure reading list and question on final exam); (4) to engage students in historical research focused upon critical comparison of two (or more) sources from the medieval and/or Reformation periods (instrumental) (assessed by research paper); (5) to offer students the opportunity to become familiar with the shape of medieval Catholicism and the formative contexts and early development of Protestant religious traditions (cognitive) (assessed by midterm and final exams).

COURSE FORMAT: Course sessions will include lectures, class discussions, and document workshops. The class will meet for ten three-hour sessions.


Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder, eds. Documents of the Christian Church, 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0199568987, Pub. Price $29.95 [163 pp. assigned].

Chenu, Marie-Dominique and Paul Philibert. Aquinas and His Role in Theology. Liturgical Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-0814650790, Pub. Price $19.95 [149 pp. assigned].

Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN: 978-1405180672, Pub. Price $59.95 [472 pp. assigned].

Logan, F. Donald. A History of the Church in the Middle Ages. 2nd ed. Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. ISBN: 978-0415669948, Pub. Price $39. 95 [344 pp. assigned].

Oden, Amy G, ed. In Her Words: Women’s Writings in the History of Christian Thought. Abingdon Press, 1994. ISBN: 978-0687459728, Pub. Price $30.00 [128 pp. assigned].

Historical figure reading from primary and secondary sources--minimum of 250 pages.

Reading for research paper comparing primary sources.


Optional extra credit readings:

Buechner, Frederick. Godric. Harper Collins, 1999. ISBN: 978-0060611620, Pub. Price $14.00 [192 pp.].

Stjerna, Kirsi. Women and the Reformation. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. ISBN: 978-1405114233, Pub. Price $47.95 [280 pp.].

Recommended resources:

Livingstone, Elizabeth A., ed. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Revised ed. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0198614425, Pub. Price $21.95 [672 pp.].

Rampolla, Mary Lynn, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 7th ed. Bedford St. Martin’s, 2012. ISBN: 978-0312610418, Pub. Price $22.95 [176 pp.].

Historical maps at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical and interactive maps at http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu/index.html.

Selected films portraying the Middle Ages and Reformation (extra credit option).


  1. Historical figure reading list (evaluated by exam)

  2. Research paper proposal (10% of final grade).

  3. Midterm exam (20% of final grade).

  4. Ten-page research paper (30% of final grade).

  5. Final exam (25% of final grade).

  6. Class attendance and participation (includes devotional leadership requirement) (15% of final grade).


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement Church History "B" (CHB); meets MAT requirement (effective Winter 2010).


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.