Church History

CHS 505E - Wisdom from Church History. Lectures By:  Marc Cortez, Ph.D. In this course we will learn from the history of the Church from Pentecost to the present. We will focus on (1) the Church’s people who, as saints and sinners, have been the flesh and blood of its history; (2) the Church’s doctrine which has developed throughout its history; (3) the Church’s writings which have exerted a tremendous impact on its history; and (4) the Church’s movements which have composed the ebb and flow, the progress and regress, of its history. We will also consider what the past can contribute to the present, seeking to learn lessons from the history of the Church for our own lives, ministries, doctrines, and churches. 4 credits.

CHS 505XE - Wisdom from Church History Part 1. Lectures By:  Marc Cortez, Ph.D. This course highlights the historical and theological development of the people of God during the Early and Medieval centuries. The Protestant Reformation is treated biographically and theologically featuring the personalities of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Arminius, and Wesley. 2 credits.

CHS 505YE - Wisdom from Church History Part 2. Lectures By:  Marc Cortez, Ph.D. Beginning with the Post-Reformation era in Europe, this course traces the development of the European church through the era of Protestant Scholasticism, the challenges of the Enlightenment, and the birth and development of classic liberalism and Neo-orthodoxy. Attention is then focused upon the planting of the church in the American colonies, the rise of Deism, the Second Great Awakening, the Finney revivals, the spread of denominationalism, the Holiness movement, the rise of American liberalism, the social gospel, fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, and evangelism. 2 credits.

CHS 506E - Insight and Inspiration from Church History.  Lectures By:  Marc Cortez, Ph.D. In this course we will learn from the history of the Church from Pentecost to the present. We will focus on: (1) the Church’s people who, as saints and sinners, have been the flesh and blood of its history; (2) the Church’s doctrine which has developed throughout its history; (3) the Church’s writings which have exerted a tremendous impact on its history; and (4) the Church’s movements which have composed the ebb and flow, the progress and regress, of its history. We will also consider what the past can contribute to the present, seeking to learn lessons from the history of the Church for our own lives, ministries, doctrines, and churches. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

CHS 520E – History of Missions.  Lectures By:  Mary Wilder, M.D. The dynamic factors God has used in the expansion and spread of His church. Successes and failures in mission endeavors, from era to era, by both Eastern and Western churches and events are analyzed. Strategies used by missionaries throughout the ages are studied as a guide to forming a personal strategy of mission and an understanding of practical aspects and principles of world missions. Cross listed as DIS 520E. 2 credits or 2 Learning Units.

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