Historical Development of Christian Theology – CHHI 610

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

Course Description

The doctrinal development of the early church fathers and the Greek apologists, the doctrinal construction in the Nicene and post-Nicene period, and the further development and divisions in the Middle Ages, the Reformation Period, and the Modern Era.


CHHI 520 or CHHI 525 or CHHI 510


Exploring how churches have wrestled with doctrinal controversy gives ministry leaders a deeper understanding of doctrine and church history, equipping them to lead a doctrinally sound ministry and confront contemporary doctrinal issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss Christian theology from the early church to the modern era.
  2. Discuss the variety of issues that played critical roles in the development of Christian theology, with an emphasis not only on how theological formulations changed, but why they changed.
  3. Synthesize the development of trends that have emerged in Christian theology.
  4. Evaluate doctrinal expressions as they have emerged and developed from the early church to the modern era.

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 (2)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C)

Research Paper: Topic Selection

Each student will select and submit his/her topic for the research paper. A list of predefined topics will be listed within the course. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Research Paper: Thesis, Outline, and Bibliography

The student will write a thesis, outline, and bibliography based on the unique topic selected from the list of topics within the course. The bibliography must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Analysis Paper (3)

The student will write a 600–1000-word analysis paper in response to the topic and directions posted within the course. The paper must incorporate Reading & Study material from the current and previous modules/weeks. The paper must be in current Turabian format. (Outcomes: A, C, D)

Book Review

The student will write a 1250–1750-word review of either Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective or The Formation of Christian Doctrine, but not both. The introduction will state the book's thesis and the student’s intentions for the review. The conclusion will state the author's thesis and the student’s intentions in the review. The body of the paper will fulfill the student’s intentions stated in the introduction. (Outcomes: A, B, C)

Research Paper

The student will write a research-based paper of at least 3,000 words in current Turabian format that focuses on one unique topic from the Wiki. The paper must include at least 5 references including 1 research article found on JSTOR in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)