HIST5301 Survey of Church History

I. Course Description To move through the corridors of history in order to see how the Holy Spirit operated through the Church to bring about evangelism to the world and spiritual glory to God. II. Course Objectives 1. To provide the student with a general survey of the significant individuals and groups which have shaped the direction of church history. 2. To direct the student in an examination of the major historical, social, and political events relative to significant movements in church history. 3. To provide the student with an understanding of significant Christian doctrines in church history and their relationship to their immediate cultural context as well as their present-day application. 4. Undergraduate students will demonstrate an ability to give thoughtful consideration to current and historical issues in the light of the church’s Scriptures and traditions. 5. Students will demonstrate growth in the ability to think critically about the historical, doctrinal, biblical, and practical aspects of the Christian faith, including appreciation, understanding, and valuing the Church. 6. Students will grow into a greater awareness of the personal and social relevance and spiritual richness that informed; disciplined theological reflection can bring to their Christian existence and their own impact upon the world in which they live. III. Course Textbooks

1. Bruce L. Shelley, Church History in Plain Language, Thomas Nelson, 1996, ISBN:9780849938610
IV. Evaluation of Student Performance 1. Class Attendance – for Campus students, due to the concentrated nature of the lectures, one unexcused class absence will reduce final grade by a letter grade. A 2nd unexcused absence will result in an additional research assignment required for a passing grade. A 3rd unexcused absence will result in a failing grade. Extension and Online students must listen to the recorded lectures in their entirety and must fulfill all other format-specific requirements in order to receive a passing grade. 2. Reading Assignments and Accountability – Students will read the required reading as outlined in Section V-Course Outline & Assignments. Each week students will write a 1 page summary on one church leaders or personalities from that weeks reading 3. Research Assignments – 1. Presentation: FOR ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS ONLY. Each student will present before the class a 10-15 minute presentation on any subject in Church History. The presentation is limited only by the student’s imagination. We have had students dress up as monks and explain to the others what the monastic movement was about. Other presentations included a game show, a talk show, etc. This is a time to have fun but and bring information to your fellow students that may not have been covered in the lectures. 2. Campus and online students will write a 4-page paper on each of the following three topics, online students will pick any two topics. Each paper must have two primary sources and two secondary sources. a. A biographical paper on one of the early church fathers b. A biographical paper on one of the Popes c. A biographical paper on a major evangelical figure born in the 19th or 20th century 3. Power Point presentation. All students are to put together a power Point presentation on one of the major church councils (other than the Council of Nicea in 325 AD). A minimum of 10 slides must be presented. Campus students will present their presentation to the class. Online students must submit their presentation as directed by the online professor. Extension students will submit their presentation at the end of the course. In the notes section of each slide students are to write their description of the slide. You will not need to cite sources for this project. 4. Course Exams – There are no course exams. 5. Online Interaction – Online students will have three weekly online assignments: (1) post weekly reading accountability in their online classroom; (2) post a brief (50-75 words) observation of a key point from that week’s lecture; and (3) post at least two responses either to Professor observations or other students’ postings. 6. Campus students will submit assignments as directed by the Professor. Extension students will submit assignments to coursework@tyndale.edu on or before the course due date. Online Students will submit assignments as directed by the Online Professor Lectures