Church History Notes and PowerPoints (Calvary Chapel South Bay Course).
How The Denominations Came About (Powerpoint)
Third & Fourth Centuries- Heresies & Persecution (PowerPoint)
Constantine, Creeds and Tradition (PowerPoint)
Key Readings in Church History takes students through English translations of 20 original Church History texts from the Creeds to Carey and discusses them online.
Key Readings is a free online course based on reading and encountering important Church History documents. Classes may select the readings from the list below - at least 5 must be selected from each of the three sections and twenty readings in all must be discussed.
Key Readings In Church History is a student level AIBI course designed primarily for those who wish to study for the ministry. It is fairly academic in nature.
Assessment: Write a 1500 word (4 page) term paper on: "An in-depth study of two of the readings
giving their cultural and historical context and their significance for
Term papers should be scripturally based and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of the course material.
The course is free but donations are appreciated.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The aim of Key Readings In Church History is to get bible students to read and encounter the best minds of ages other than our own and to read the actual source documents that have formed the Christian Church. So, for instance instead of just learning about Luther - you get to read Luther's "Ninety-Five Theses". You will probably need a book such as The Lion Handbook of Church History as a companion volume to give you some background on the author and their times.
Note: The aim is to read and encounter the texts, thus this is not a line by line study of the individual texts but rather a discussion of them as works in their historical context. Some works are quite long, students are not expected to read all of George Fox's Journal for instance but to read a chapter here and there and "get the gist of it" so they can discuss it in class.
Selecting just twenty readings from all of Church History is a very difficult task so what I have done is compiled a long list in three sections (at right) - Early Church History, Medieaval and Mystical and Christian Classics. Each class group can steer its own path to some extent by selecting the ones they wish to study from the list. The limitation is that at least five must be studied from each of the main sections. Those that I deem to be of most importance have asterisks next to them as a guide.
This course is meant to be an
exploration, to be fun, to be a source of growth, wonder and astonishment.
A time of encountering spiritual genius and trying to understand it
in its historical context.
CHURCH HISTORY DOCUMENTS
The most important documents are marked with an asterisk
Early Church - Creeds & Controversies
MEDIEVAL AND MYSTICAL