Survey of the History of Christianity – CHHI 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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.

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. (CLOs: A, B, C)

The student will select a topic that he/she will use to complete the Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment. The topic will be selected by reviewing the approved topic list found in the Research Paper: Topic Selection Assignment Instructions, selecting a topic, and submitting the topic to the instructor as a file upload. The student will choose a topic from the list provided to write a 3,000-3,600-word paper (10-12 pages, excluding title and reference pages). (CLO: 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. (CLO: D)

Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment

The student will write a 10–12-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. Secondary sources must include up-to-date scholarly journal articles and scholarly books. (CLO: D)

Book Critique Assignment

The student will write a review of Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution—A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First. 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. (CLOs: 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. (CLO: B)