History of the Christian Church I – CHHI 301

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey of the first fifteen centuries of the Christian Church including the persecutions, the rise of heresy, the development of Roman Catholicism during the Middle Ages, and the groups which dissented against Roman Catholicism.




A study of the status of the Christian Church during its first fifteen centuries is essential for those who will minister in that institution in order to understand their heritage and build upon it. This course is designed to give the student an awareness of the unique aspects of the life of the Christian Church in that period.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major events and great turning points in this period of Christian history.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of various Christian leaders and movements in order to avoid the errors and capitalize on the strengths in his/her own ministry.
  3. Develop an enthusiasm for the Lord’s work by examining the service rendered in His name by notable Christians during this period of Christian history.
  4. Read and think critically about the events and people involved in Church history.
  5. Become familiar enough with the history of the Christian church to be able to successfully answer general objective questions on quizzes dealing with events, personalities, and dates covered in the text and class lectures.
  6. Identify clearly and date the major events and personalities in Christian history as presented in the text and class lectures.
  7. Discuss the major movements which have been influential in changing the course of Christian history, such as the early Ecumenical Councils, the development of the Creeds and other early Statements of Faith, the relationship between Christianity and both Judaism and Islam, and issues confronting the medieval Church in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, websites, and articles (MLO: C, D)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 2 Group Discussion Board Forums which are designed to promote discussion among class members in smaller groups where conversation will be more easily and effectively managed. Each thread must be 500–750 words and must reference the textbook at least once. In the following module/week, the student will then read and post replies (at least 100 words each) to the threads of at least 2 other group members. (MLO: C, G)

Research Exercise

The student will be provided scholarly journal articles that address the paper topics later covered. Using proper, current Turabian format, the student will write bibliographic information for each of the articles along with a 1-paragraph description of the contents of each article (submitted through SafeAssign). (MLO: A, B, C)

Papers (2)

The student will write 2 papers of 1,250 words on assigned topics which will require some research and considerable analysis. These papers will be submitted through SafeAssign. (MLO: A, B, C)

Reflection Journal

The student will complete a 750–1,000-word reflection journal that connects the student’s personal journey with the content while summarizing the course’s content (submitted through SafeAssign).

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete 4 quizzes in this course based on the chapter readings. The quizzes are open-book/open-note and are comprised of 20 true/false questions. Each quiz will have a time limit of 30 minutes and must be completed in 1 attempt. (MLO: E, F)