Survey of Church History
DetailsNumber of Lessons: 25Avg. Lesson Length: 43 MinutesTime Required: 36 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced
Welcome to Survey of Church History, an online graduate-level course designed to expand your understanding of the first 2,000 years of the history of the Christian church.
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
- Discuss the connection between the Jewish faith and the Christian faith particularly in terms of the early development of the church and its theology.
- Understand the development of leadership structures within the organized church of the Western world, beginning with New Testament teachings and leading to the present time.
- Assess the impact of persecution on the church from early days to the present day.
- Discuss the effect on the church and its relationship with government, citing specifc historical examples world wide from Christ to the present day.
- Identify the major contributions made by Augustine to the church’s theology of salvation, redemption, and grace.
- Develop a personal philosophy of war based on study of the Crusades and teachings of historical theologians.
- Practice a biblical theology of knowing God based upon the study of the historical approaches of both mystics and scholars.
- Understand the Reformers including their relationship to the Catholic Church, their purpose, their theology, and the results of their actions.
- Evaluate the impact of denominationalism on the unity of the church particularly in the North American church.
- Develop a personal theology of missions based in part on the positive and negative aspects of the mission movements of the past two centuries.
- Discuss aspects of church histories that are specifc to areas of the world outside of North America.
- Examine and evaluate western Christian trends of the 20th century including Fundamentalism, Modernism, Evangelicalism, and Catholicism.
- Discuss the growth of the Christian church in the world today and identify challenges facing ministry in the new millennium.