Welcome to this research guide for The Church: Pentecost to the Reformation. This guide will help you find resources that you can use for your Collateral Reading Assignment (CRA), and/or your course project. Helpful links can be found under the Reference Resources, Books, Web Articles, Journal Articles and Websites tabs above. Of course you may also search for additional resources as well. But these links will bring you to helpful resources for your writing projects.
This course is an introductory study of the history of Christianity from its birth to the beginnings of the Reformation. The course provides an introduction to history as a discipline and emphasizes the importance of history in relation to the Christian faith. It deals with the apostolic church, the early church fathers, the ecumenical councils, the emergence of medieval theology and church practice, as well as the beginning of the Renaissance in Europe. The course content includes a consideration of the contribution of major Christian theologians, the relationship of the church and state, and the rise of monasticism and missions, tracing the geographical expansion of Christianity. The twelve lessons are structured so as to enable you to apply insights learned from the past to contemporary situations.
Global University does not necessarily agree with all the views represented in the resources in this guide. These are provided for the student to contrast and compare with the Biblical text and ideas presented in the Global University IST.