In the Reformation church history course the student will become acquainted with:
(1) Christian historiography: a biblical and theological approach to understanding history, with particular focus on church history.
(2) The history of Christianity from AD 1517-1650. This will include
(a) an understanding of the narrative or chronology of the history of the Reformation and early post-Reformation church;
(b) an understanding of developments, continuities, and changes in doctrine and practice in the Reformation church;
(c) an understanding of debates, divisions, reform, growth, and weaknesses in the life of the Reformation church; and an understanding of the life and theology of key figures in the Reformation church.
The student will be able to analyze and evaluate the above biblically and theologically, as well as comparatively within the context of ancient church history. The student will also develop the ability to make comparative applications to later periods of church history up to the present day. The course includes a strong focus on student interaction with, and discussion of, primary source documents.