Survey of the History of Christianity – CHHI 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Presents a “big picture” perspective on the history of Christianity. The focus is upon the major developments in Christian history from the earliest believers to the present. Includes an emphasis on the rich diversity of global Christianity. Attention will be paid to the major issues, persons, and developments that have shaped Christianity.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of the course is to examine the broad contours of the global development of the Christian movement. This course will aid students in their understanding of other courses in the curriculum that involve the study of Scripture, theology, and the practice of ministry by giving them an historical perspective on current beliefs and practices within the larger Christian family, including the successes and failures of Christians in the history of the Church.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarize the key theological developments (both orthodox and heretical) and movements from the time of the Apostolic Church to the present day.
  2. Identify the key personalities who led the church and contributed to its theological development from its founding to the present day.
  3. Analyze the social, historical, and political contexts in which the church grew and expanded from its founding to the present day.
  4. Integrate the key elements of Christian orthodoxy and practice developed in history to contemporary challenges within the church.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLOs: A, B, C)

Students will select a topic that they will use to complete the Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment. The topic will be selected by participating in the class Discussion. No 2 students can write on the same subject and subject selection is first come, first served basis. (MLO: D)

Research Paper: Proposal Assignment

The student will write 1-2 page proposal that includes a thesis statement, outline, preliminary conclusion, and bibliography that includes 2 primary and 4 secondary sources, in Turabian style. (MLO: D)

Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment

The student will write a 7–10-page original research-based paper in current Turabian format and style that focuses on the historical development of a critical issue in either theology or apologetics that has spanned the centuries. The paper must include at least 3 primary sources and 6 secondary sources and the Bible. Class textbooks and recommended reading books may not be used for this assignment. Secondary sources must include up-to-date scholarly journal articles and scholarly books. (MLO: D)

Book Critique Assignment

The student will write a review of The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. The review will be 700-1000 words and will conform to current Turabian style and the example from the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS) for book reviews. All citations must be in-text parenthetical citations giving only the page number or locator information. (MLOs: A, C)

Quizzes (3)

There will be 3 quizzes in the course. The quizzes will be based on reading material throughout the course. Please review the course schedule below for a schedule of the readings in the class. (MLO: B)