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Winter 2011
FSW – Phoenix


CH502: MEDIEVAL AND REFORMATION CHURCH HISTORY.  Grayson Carter                                                    


DESCRIPTION: This course examines the development of Church History from the Council of Chalcedon (451) through the Protestant and Catholic Reformations of the C16th. Particular attention will be given to the lives and principal writings of the most significant Christian leaders and theologians. The course will also consider in detail the historical context in which these events occurred.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Christianity is a historical religion. Thus, the effective practice of Christian ministry requires an understanding of the significant historical and theological developments that occurred during the important period between the C5th and C16th. This was a time in which Christianity and culture became almost indistinguishable, only to break apart into schism and prolonged conflict during the C16th. Why did this enormous change come about? What lessons can we learn from it? While our classroom investigations and discussions will be primarily historical and theological in nature, every effort will be made to set aside time in class for the integration of practical (i.e., contemporary) application of the academic material under consideration. 


LEARNING OUTCOMES: This course should (i) enhance the studentŐs basic factual and thematic knowledge of the Christian story during the Medieval and Reformation periods; (ii) help students gain a basic competence in how to interpret the story of the Christian church; (iii) help students gain a greater ability to evaluate various theological issues and their development; and, (iv) provide students with the tools and knowledge for a critical and sympathetic appreciation for the breadth, unity and diversity of the Christian church.


COURSE FORMAT: The course will on Thursday evenings from 6.30 p.m. until 10.00 p.m. over 10 weeks, for a total of 35 hours.  Class time will be devoted to formal lectures, questions and answers, and informal classroom discussion.


REQUIRED READING: (Approximately 1200 pages total.)

á       Class Handouts (approximately 450 pages)

á       Justo Gonz‡lez, The Story of Christianity. The Early Church to the Present Day (Prince Press, 2004, 153 pages). (This edition available from CDB. Phone: 1-800-247-4784; Web: www.christianbook.com). ISBN: 1565635221. $14.99.

á       Patrick Collinson, The Reformation (Modern Library, 2006, 272 pages). ISBN: 0812972953. $10.20.

á       Henry Bettenson and Chris Maunder, eds. Documents of the Christian Church, 3rd ed. (Oxford, 1999, 200 pages). ISBN: 192880713. $24.56.

á       Amy Oden, ed., In Her Words. WomenŐs Writings in the History of Christian Thought (Abingdon, 1994, 128 pages). ISBN: 0687459729. $24.69.

á       Video Assignments (Viewed over the Internet; approximately 7 hours; see Course Syllabus for details)



á       John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Hendrickson, 2008). 1598561685. $16.47.

á       Hans Hilderbrand, The Protestant Reformation (Harper Perennial, 2009). 0061148474. $10.87.

á       Denis Janz, ed. A Reformation Reader. (Fortress, 2008). 0800663101. $38.61.

á       Helmer Jungbans, ed. Martin Luther. Exploring His Life and Times, 1483-1546 (Augsburg Fortress CD-ROM, 1999).  0800631471. $39.00

á       Jaroslav Pelikan, ed. LutherŐs Works, 55 volumes (Fortress Press CD-ROM, 2001) (Selected volumes).

á       E. A. Livingstone, ed. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3rd ed. (Oxford, 1997). 0192802909. $150.00.



á       Class attendance, class participation, and completion of reading and video assignments (25%)

á       Mid-term examination (25%)

á       One 5-page research paper (20%)

á       Final examination (30%)

á       Extra credit research paper (10% maximum)






This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification