Details for History of Christianity: Framework and Functions
This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts. It explores early church formation, the challenges of the medieval era, the repercussions of the renaissance and the reasons for the reformation. Major revivals are analysed as well as the effectiveness of modern missionary movements. The struggles and strengths of the 20th century are also revealed, as well as various issues facing the 21st century church. By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: HIS101
- Credit points: 10
The unit History of Christianity: Framework and Functions is part of the subject area Church History and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Applied Theology (Korean) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This course provides students with a thematic understanding of the origin and development of the Church from the times of Christ to the Modern period.
- Time and Christian Thought
- Church and State
- Christian Communalism and Sectarianism
- Christianity and Cultural Identity
- Reform and Renewal movements in Christianity
- Christianity in War and Peace
- Christianity and the Material world
- Christianity and Globalism
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, discussion, tutorials
Critical Book Review (25%, 1000 words); Exam (25%); Major Essay (50%, 2500 words)
- Bradley, Ian.Celtic Christian Communities. Edinburgh: Northstone Publishing, 2001.
- Brockway, Robert W.A Wonderful Work of God: Puritanism and the Great Awakening. Bethlehem, P.A.: Lehigh University Press, 2003.
- Coleman, Simon.The Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity (Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion).Cambridge: CUP, 2000.
- Estep, R..Renaissance and Reformation.Grand Rapids:Eerdmans, 1986.
- Ferguson, Everett.Backgrounds of Early Christianity. 3rd ed.Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003.
- Fergusson, David.Church, State and Civil Society.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
- Fox, R.Pagans and Christians.New York:Knopf, 1987.
- Hastings, Adrian.The Construction of Nationhood : Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
- Kreider, A.The Origins of Christendom in the West.Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2001.
- Lawrence, C H.Medieval Monasticism.London: Longman, 2000.
- MacMullen, R.Christianizing the Roman Empire, AD 100-400.New Haven: YUP, 1984.
- Snape, Michael.God and the British Soldier: Religion and the British Army in the First and Second World Wars. 1st ed. NY: Routledge, 2005.
- Wells, Ronald.History Through the Eyes of Faith. 1sted. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, c1989; 2000.
- Woodward, Ernest L. Christianity and Nationalism in the Later Roman Empire.Brooklyn NY: Ams Press, 2005.