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CH301/501 The Church to 1550

3 hours per week semester 1

Lecturer: John Wilson

Outcomes: To give a survey of major developments in the history of Christian Churches; to promote training in the use of primary documents.

Description: A study of the Church in Imperial Rome: including the Apostolic Fathers and the challenge of Judaism, the Apologists and the challenge of Gnosticism, the Christian Empire; the ecumenical councils and the challenge of Arianism and Augustine; the Church as Christendom: including the Holy Roman Empire, medieval theology, conciliarism, and mysticism; Precursors to the Reformation: including Hus and Wycliffe; introduction to Luther and Calvin.

Textbooks:

  • E E Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries (Zondervan, 3rd edition,1996).
  • J L Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, 2 vols (Harper Collins, 1985).
  • M ANoll, Turning Points (IVP/Baker, 1997).
  • A M Renwick & A M Harman, The Story of the Church (IVP, 3rd edition, 1999).
  • J Stevenson (ed), A New Eusebius (SPCK, new edition, 1989).

CH302/502 The Church from 1550 to Modern Times

3 hours per week semester 2, annually.

Lecturer: John Wilson

Outcomes: To give a survey of major developments in the history of Christian Churches; to promote training in the use of primary documents.

Description: Reform and Revolution: the English Reformation; English Puritanism; Revolutionary learning; Change and Renewal: the Evangelical Awakening; Evangelicalism and social change; Liberalism and Fundamentalism; The Church Universal: Missions, Ecumenism; the Church under Communism; the Church in Australia.

Textbooks:

  • E E Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries (Zondervan, 3rd edition,1996).
  • J L Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, 2 vols (Harper Collins, 1985).
  • I H Murray, Australian Christian Life from 1788 (Banner, 1988).
  • M A Noll, Turning Points (IVP/Baker, 1997).
  • A M Renwick & A M Harman, The Story of the Church (IVP, 3rdedition, 1999).

CH421/621 The Continental Reformation

3 hours per week semester 1, not offered every year

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Outcomes: To explain the causes and nature of the Continental Reformation, to analyse the theological and ecclesiastical outcomes of the Reformation, to interpret primary historical and theological documents of the Reformation.

Description: A study of the Avignon Captivity, the Conciliar Movement, the theological setting of the Reformation, Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany, Huldrych Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation, the Radical Reformation and the Anabaptists, John Calvin and the Reformation in Geneva; and study and analysis of J Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Bk IV.

Textbooks:

  • W R Estep, Renaissance and Reformation (Eerdmans, 1998).
  • A E McGrath, Reformation Thought (Blackwell, 1988).