Garth M. Rosell, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota) Professor of Church History, Director Emeritus of the Ockenga Institute, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Nearly every major doctrine of the church was established before the Reformation. In this course, learners discover how the church's doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation. The lectures focus on the cultural, political, and economic backgrounds of both the patristic and medieval periods of church history, and emphasize the contributions of key figures up to the Reformation. From Augustine to Wycliffe, students will see how God used ordinary people to accomplish divine purposes.
Upon completion of your study, you should be able to do the following:
Articulate the development of Christian doctrine, faith, and practice from Pentecost to the Reformation.
Reflect upon the significance of this history for the church today.
Describe the process by which only certain documents came to be regarded as authoritative.
List the salient elements of early Christian worship.
Ponder the implications of 'martyr faith' for your own life and ministry.
1. The Birth of the Church 2. The Church in Jerusalem 3. The Spreading Flame 4. Early Christian Life and Faith 5. The Young Church in Action 6. The Formation of the Biblical Canon 7. The Martyr Faith 8. The Age of Constantine 9. The Development of Christian Doctrine 10. The Emergence of Medieval Christianity 11. Augustine of Hippo 12. The Monastic Movement 13. Medieval Mission and Evangelism 14. The Rise of Eastern Orthodoxy 15. The Iconoclastic Controversy 16. The Crusades 17. Mystics and Scholastics 18. The Medieval Heritage of Beauty 19. Medieval Spirituality 20. Heretics and Inquisitors 21. The Rise of Religious Orders 22. John Wycliffe 23. The Renaissance 24. Europe on the Eve of the Reformation