Course Summary

The story of the church to the Protestant Reformation

The course is organized in three modules: (1) Without Roman Recognition, (2) From Recognition to the Crusades, and (3) From the Crusades to Reformation.  It addresses challenges faced by the church and the church's response to its challenges. Church fathers, apologists, and significant thinkers are introduced, along with theological reflection and the emergence of the Protestant Reformation. 3 semester hours of undergraduate credit.


1. Identify major challenges faced by the church and the church's response to its challenges

2. Locate church fathers, apologists, and teachers according to time periods

3. Evaluate significant thinkers and doctrines advanced throughout the church's first fifteen centuries

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70 percent or greater on three multiple choice examinations and two papers.  A sample multiple-choice problem is given below.

Perhaps the most critical challenge to the church's original intent was (A) persecution, (B) rapid growth, (C) attaining a favored position within the Roman Empire, (D) heretical teachers.


A selection of e-books may be found in the Electronic Collection, which are available to the student without cost.  If a hard copy survey is preferred, the following is recommended.,
Ferguson, Everett. Church History. Vol. 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context. 
Delux ed. Zondervan, 2013. 864 pages. $32.62 ISBN: 978-0310257437