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CH1/2/8012S

Christian History: From Reformation to Modernity

Foundational unit for postgraduates

Also offered online as CH1/8712S

Content: This unit will introduce students to central features of the development of European and North American Christianity from the Reformation period to late modernity. Topics will include 16th century reformation movements, 17th century Puritanism and Pietism, the impact of enlightenment and revolution upon the church, the development of Christianity in the modern era.

Learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

      Undergraduate

  1. Outline some key aspects of the variegated Christian story in Europe and North America from the 16th century to the present.
  2. Identify some of the social, political and cultural factors influencing the development of Christianity in the modern era.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major theological controversies of the emerging modern era and an ability to discuss their significance for the church
  4. Demonstrate basic skills in interpreting selected historical documents.

      Postgraduate

  1. Outline some key aspects of the variegated Christian story in Europe and North America from the 16th century to the present.
  2. Identify some of the social, political and cultural factors influencing the development of Christianity in the modern era.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major theological controversies of the emerging modern era and an ability to discuss their significance for the church.
  4. Demonstrate skill in interpreting selected historical documents and an appreciation of their contribution to theological study.

Pre-requisite: nil

Faculty: Stephen Curkpatrick

Offered: in 2017, Semester 2 (Mondays 6.00pm-9.00pm)

Assessment:

First level (undergraduate) face-to-face:
Two document studies (500 words each)   30%
Open book tests (500 words each)   20%
One 2,000 word essay   50%

First level (undergraduate) online:
Two document studies 500 words each   30%
Two session-audit tests 500 words each   20%
One 2,000 word essay   50%

Level eight (postgraduate) face-to-face:
Four document studies 750 words each 50%
One 3,000 word essay 50%

Level eight (postgraduate) online:
Four document studies 650 words each   40%
One session-audit test 400 words      10%
One 3,000 word essay           50%

Select Bibliography:

Cragg, G R The church and the age of reason. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987.
Ebeling, E Luther: An Introduction to his Thought, trans. R.A. Wilson. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1972, 2007.
Ellingsen, M Reclaiming our Roots: An inclusive Introduction to Church History, Vol. II. Harrisburg, Penn: TPI, 1999.
Hillerbrand, HJ (ed.) The Protestant Reformation. New York et al.: Harper, 1968.
Jensen, D Reformation Europe: age of reform and revolution. 2nd edn, Lexington, MA: D C Heath & Co., 1992.
Lindberg, C The European Reformations. Oxford, UK et al: Blackwell, 1996.
Lindberg. C (ed.) The European Reformations Sourcebook. Oxford UK et al: Blackwell, 2000.
Martin, D On Secularization: Towards a Revised General Theory. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.
Lull, TF (ed.) Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, 2nd edition ed. William R. Russell. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.
Matheson, P. The Imaginative World of the Reformation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001.
MacCulloch, D The Reformation: A History. Penguin, 2005.
McGrath, A Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution. New York: HarperOne, 2007.