Church History to the Reformation

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Church History to 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.


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 Pentecost to the Reformation.
  2. Reflect upon their significance for the church today.
  3. Describe the process by which only certain documents came to be regarded as authoritative.
  4. List the salient elements of early Christian worship.
  5. Ponder the implications of “martyr faith” for his/her own life and ministry.


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