History of Christianity II – CHHI 525

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of historical Christianity from the Sixteenth Century to the present. Includes the major personalities, events, and results of the Protestant Reformation, the rise of modern denominationalism, modern Roman Catholicism, the ecumenical movement and current developments. Special attention is given to the development of American Christianity.




A study of the development of the Christian Church from the 16th century to the present is essential for those who will minister within that institution. This course is designed to give students an awareness of the unique aspects of the life of the Christian Church in that period so that they will understand their heritage and build upon it.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the social, historical, and political contexts in which the Church grew and expanded from the 16th century to the present.
  2. Summarize the key theological developments (both orthodox and heretical) and movements within the Church from the 16th century to the present.
  3. Identify the key personalities who led the Church and contributed to its theological development from the 16th century to the present.
  4. Integrate the key elements of Christian orthodoxy and practice developed in history into contemporary challenges within the Church.
  5. Analyze doctrinal and denominational developments in light of socio-political factors.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 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. There are no citations required for this assignment. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Book Analyses (2)

The student will complete 2 Book Analyses. The first will cover Katharina and Martin Luther, and the second will cover The American Evangelical Story. Each Book Analysis must be 750–800 words and conform to current Turabian format. (MLOs: C, D, E)

Research Paper Proposal

The student will write a 600–750-word proposal for his/her Research Paper. The proposal must include a brief explanation of why the research is important, a working thesis statement, and a working bibliographical paragraph. The proposal must conform to current Turabian format. (MLOs: B, C, D, E)

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on his/her chosen topic in the field of church history. The paper must include at least 10 sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLOs: A, C, D, E)

Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each test will be open-book/open-notes and contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 essay questions. The time limit for each test is 1 hour and 15 minutes. (MLO: C)