Details for History of Christianity: Frameworks and Function
History is a framing discipline for Christian studies – it is a source of data, of informing models and thinking approaches, and a fundamental element of the incarnational truth to which Christians hold. This unit provides an introduction to the methods and content of this essential discipline.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: HIS401
- Credit points: 10
The unit History of Christianity: Frameworks and Function is part of the subject area Church History and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
A successful engagement with this unit will leave students able to:
- describe the methods and skills used by historians, including those used to study primary documents, movements, issues and time periods
- understand the sweep of the Christian tradition from both an historical and global perspective
- evaluate the interaction of the church with wider society over time
- recognise the role of identity formations (e.g. gender and racial diversity, nationalisms and transnationalisms) in the Christian story as it has been lived out in cross cultural contexts; value the importance of past foundations and future directions of the church
- 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
Reading reports, minor essay, major essay.
- Reading list provided in unit outline
Bradley, Ian. Celtic Christian Communities, Edinburgh: Northstone Publishing, 2001.
Brockway, Robert W. A Wonderful Work of God: Puritanism and the Great Awakening. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2003.
Brundin, Abigail. VittoriaColonna and the spiritual poetics of the Italian Reformation. Aldershot, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008.
Edelheit, Amos. Ficino, Pico, and Savonarola: the evolution of humanist theology 1461/2-1498, Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2008.
Ferguson, Everett. Backgrounds of Early Christianity, 3rd Edition. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 3rd Edition. 2003.
Fergusson, David. Church, State and Civil Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Forcellino, M. Michelangelo, Vittoria Colonna and the "spirituali": Religiosity and Artistic Life in Rome in the 1400s. Rome: Viella, 2009.
Freeman, C. A New History of Early Christianity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
Freiberger, O. Asceticism and its Critics: Historical Accounts and Comparative Perspectives. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.