Church History Since the Reformation

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Church History Since the Reformation


Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 44 MinutesTime Required: 35 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


Nearly every major doctrine of the Church was established before the Reformation. In this course, learners discover how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation. The lectures focus on the cultural, political and economic backgrounds of both the Patristic and Medieval periods of church history, and emphasize the contributions of key figures up to the Reformation. The course culminates with the Renaissance, which was the cultural context for Luther’s Reformation. From Augustine to Wycliffe, students will see how God graciously used human people to accomplish divine purposes.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


I enjoyed this course a great deal. I learned a great deal about the nineteenth century church history and of the famous men and women of the time. The reading in the textbook was a great help, as well.

Course Reviewed: 3 years ago


ProfessorGarth M. Rosell, PhD
  • Oxford and Cambridge, sabbatical studies
  • Fuller Seminary and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, graduate studies
  • University of Minnesota, PhD
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv and ThM
  • Wheaton College, BA


  1. Articulate the development of Christian doctrine, faith, and practice from the Protestant Reformation to the present.
  2. Describe the theological tenets established by Luther as key to the Reformation.
  3. Distinguish between the fundamental characteristics of Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism, and Anabaptism.
  4. Understand the impact of the Council of Trent on church doctrine and reform.
  5. Recognize the significance of the events studied in this course on today’s church.


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