History of Evangelicalism – CHHI 670

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

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the development of Evangelicalism in the 20th century. This course includes the major issues that gave rise to Evangelicalism, such as its background, beliefs, and major personalities, the development of the Evangelical movement in America in the 20th century, fundamentalism, and the current state of Evangelicalism today. (Formerly CHHI 686)


CHHI 510 or 525


Evangelicalism has directly and distinctly impacted American religious thought and experience. At the core of historic Evangelicalism is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and so philosophically, Evangelicalism must be studied and defined by its vigorous proclamation of the message of the gospel. Evangelicalism is also recognized as a “come-outer” movement as distinguished from those who reject Biblical literalism as seen from the results of the Great Awakenings upon the populace in both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This separatist tendency within the Evangelical movement is the basis for the development of fundamentalism in the twentieth century and remains a core premise of what drives the Evangelical Movement into the 21st century.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a comprehensive definition of Evangelicalism.
  2. Examine the historical context and issues related to the rise of Fundamentalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America.
  3. Identify the significant persons who have influenced the development of Evangelicalism.
  4. Evaluate the tensions associated with Fundamentalism and Neo-Evangelicalism—internally and externally.
  5. Propose a confessional statement which reflects the doctrinal core of essential Evangelical beliefs/practices.
  6. Assess the current state of Evangelicalism and its prospects for the future.
  7. Evaluate theological and historical sources through the rise of Evangelicalism.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (5)

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. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, B, C, D, F)

Reading Reflection Report

During the course, the student must keep a record of his/her completed reading to include a short reflection. In addition to the course reading, the student must also complete additional reading of his/her choice as it relates to the history of Evangelicalism. (Syllabus Outcome: G)

Evangelical Timeline

The student will create a timeline of 3–4 pages to include at least 50 individuals who have played key roles in the development of Evangelicalism as a historical movement. The timeline must include a date, location, and the significance the individual brings to the Evangelical movement. The paper must include at least 4 sources in a bibliography page. (Syllabus Outcome: C)

Confessional Statement

The student will write a 2–3-page paper explaining the key doctrinal elements that represent the core beliefs of Evangelicals—historically and contemporaneously. The paper must be written in current Turabian format and include a bibliography of at least 2–3 sources in addition to the course textbooks. (Syllabus Outcomes: D, E)

Analysis Essay

Based on the Snavely text, the student will write a 3–4-page analysis written in current Turabian format that answers specific questions provided in the course, regarding the Great Awakening. (Syllabus Outcomes: B, D, F)

Research Paper Proposal

The student will create a proposal for their research paper to include the thesis and bibliography pages. The student must include at least 8 sources including the course textbooks and the Bible. (Syllabus Outcome: A)

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on inerrancy as an issue among Evangelicals from 1900 to the present. The student must also include a title page, thesis statement and outline, documentation in footnotes, and bibliography page. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned plus the previous module/week. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, true/false questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. (Syllabus Outcomes: B, C, F)