History of Early Modern Christianity: Reformation to Enlightenment

Fall 2017
MW 8:30-9:20am
Area III
MDIV Requirements: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course introduces students to the rapidly changing world of early modern Christianity, a period that ranges from the Reformation to the Enlightenment and the Trans-Atlantic worlds of the eighteenth century. This age saw the dramatic expansion of Christianity beyond Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and the course will explore the global nature of the early modern world. Students will be exposed to a range of primary sources and historical methods, to examine rival interpretations and perspectives. The course will focus on the reading of a wide variety of primary sources from the period. Above all, the course challenges students to consider the past both on its own terms and in how it continues to shape our present.

Objectives of the Course

1.      An understanding of key intellectual, theological, spiritual, and social aspects of early modern Christianity in their religious, social, political, and cultural settings.

2.      The challenge to think critically and responsibly about the assumptions and beliefs of early modern Christian cultures.

3.      An assessment of the significance of historical thought for contemporary society.

4.      Exposure to a range of historical methods and approaches.

5.      The ability to read texts in translation with understanding and insight.

6.      Enhanced skills in academic reading and writing, as well as familiarity with available sources for historical study.

7.      The ability to use the library and electronic sources. 

Background Expected: 


Course Requirements: 

Required reading, section attendance and participation, two document exercises, paper/sermon/ and final exam

Basis of Evaluation: 

20%  Participation

30%   Two document exercises

30%  Paper/sermon

20%  Final Exam