As a survey course the subject of church history will be treated in broad strokes rather than in a comprehensive fashion. It is designed to promote an appreciation for the people who made up the church, their historical context, their spiritual and social lives and their influence upon the world (and the world’s influence upon them). In order to achieve these goals the class seeks, more specifically, to meet these objectives.
· To acquaint the student with some of the more important personalities, doctrines and events recorded in the New Testament as it reflects the beginning of the church.
· To further acquaint the student with some of the major personalities, evolutions of doctrine, events and movements that shaped and influenced the development of Christianity from 100 – 1650 A.D., with special emphasis upon its European context.
· To introduce students to some of the more influential texts in Church History.
· To provide students with a greater appreciation for these developments through onsite visits related to this study.
· To encourage dialogue on the development of ancient and more current religious movements in the history of the church as they relate to, and reflect, the student’s observations about the present state of Christianity.