This course provides both an overview of the history of the Christian Church and an introduction to the importance and techniques of an historical approach to the Christian experience. We will connect problems, themes, and practices central to contemporary American Christianity with their historical antecedents in a variety of eras and global locales. The commonality of these problems, themes, and practices will of course be met with a diversity of solutions and approaches, providing a picture of the Church’s constant responsiveness to, and mutation by, the cultural setting in which it is found. Some attention will also be paid to contemporaneous and/or analogous developments in other faith traditions, and their influence on, or engagement with, the Christian community.
CH 101 is required for all M.A. students who are not concentrating in History (both Tracks 1 and 2) and for all M.Div. students pursuing Option B. It may be taken as an elective with the teacher’s permission.