HCH 801 – Modern Church History
HCH 801 – Modern Church History, a 4 credit hour course of studies in the Masters programs of Reformation International Theological Seminary.
Course Description: 4 credit hours
This course involves a study of history from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century and especially the change in intellectual background which developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (namely the claims of reason, pietism, secularization, fundamentalism, and evangelical revival), and led to the conflicts and attitudes of the present day. The lectures begin with a review of the philosophy of history and an introduction to what is called the “Modern Age” and then proceed to discuss the ideas and events that shaped this “Age.” The readings provide a background to the lectures; so that as the student listens to the lectures he will be familiar with the historical developments that shaped Christianity and religious thought.
Required Materials for the Course.
HCH 801 – Course Payment – Modern Church History (4 credit hours)
This covers the tuition payment for this 4 credit hour course.
LECTURES: Modern Church History and Outlines (DOWNLOADABLE 28 audio MP3 lectures, PDF transcripts & PDF Outline)
These lectures are by Rev. Dr. Robert Grossman and cover the post-Reformation period up to the end of the 20th Century. They are accompanied by an excellent outline and transcripts.
History of Christianity 1650-1950 by James H. Nichols
This book covers the development of Christian church and life during the crucial period of the three centuries covering 1650 to 1950. This remains the most complicated and least generally known of the major divisions of church history. The long series of crises during this period can now be seen as a revolution in the relation of Christianity to Western culture. A knowledge of the events of these three hundred years and a clear grasp of their significance are of great importance to the responsible Christian student. The author has conceived this book, therefore, as an orientation to the present state of Christianity. This book is required reading for the course in Modern Church History at Reformation International Theological Seminary. 498pp.
Fundamentalism and American Culture by George M. Marsden
Subtitled: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism 1870-1925, this book combines analysis with narrative to trace the rise of the fundamentalist movement in America. Paying special attention to social, political, intellectual, and distinctly American aspects of the Protestant fundamentalist phenomenon, Marsden offers an interpretation of the movement and its relationship to American culture. This book is required reading for the course in Modern Church History at Reformation International Theological Seminary. 366pp.