This course will lead us through the most basic question which any person of faith confronts when working as a historian of religion. How does the diverse and constantly changing character of human experience, revealed in history, challenge claims to enduring or even eternal truth, or to a reliable tradition, made in our faith traditions? Students will discover how church history was written in the past, and how subsequent thinkers have responded to historical change and diversity. They will explore the existential questions which historical study raises (or ought to raise) and acquire tools for responding to those questions.