Early & Medieval Christianity

Eric J. Lehner

May 14, 28; June 11, 25; July 9 (8:00a–12:30pm each day)

Early and Medieval Christianityis a survey of church history beginning with the era of the church fathers (ca. 100) and concluding with the decline of the papacy prior to the influence of Luther (ca. 1500).   This course also includes an introduction to historiography.  The course delivery format employs a combination of lecture, seminar, and directed study.

As a result of reading, research, writing, presentation, peer-review, and class discussion, the student will be able to:
1) Develop a general knowledge of the data of church history.
2) Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of historiography. For the purposes of this class, this means that the student will be able to discuss church history in terms that both explain the context of the past and account for the context of the historian.
3) Articulate the significance of church history for worldview analysis.
4) Apply church history studies to contemporary formation of philosophy of ministry.
5) Demonstrate familiarity with the work of a variety of historians.
6) Synthesize elements of historical data and conduct a competent written historical analysis in a selected field of early church history.

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Course Requirements

  • 20% - Course Reading (1600 pages)
  • 10% - Class Preparation and Discussion
  • 20% - Exam
  • 20% - Group Research Project
  • 25% - Individual Research Project
  • 5% - Peer Reviews