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The History of Christianity in America


“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” So said George Washington, reflecting early America’s regard for divine providence. This course examines the church in America from its continental beginnings to the current day, emphasizing the influences that have forged the contemporary religious scene. Starting with the nature of Christianity in British colonies prior to the Revolution, the course traces the development of Christianity throughout its tumultuous history in America, including the effects of the Civil War and the Great Awakenings. The goal of the course is to see the workings of God throughout American history and to gain insight into the state of Christendom today.

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This class was taught by world-class evangelical professors. Those seeking to dig deeper into their faith at the college or seminary level will find these resources valuable. Several classes in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by ODBU.


Study Guide
  1. Trace the history of Christianity in the United States beginning with its roots in British colonialism.
  2. Think critically about the nature and meaning of the American political experiment.
  3. Be spiritually enriched through an understanding of his/her evangelical heritage, particularly through the lives and ministries of selected major figures.
  4. Trace the shift in American religious thought from Calvinistic Puritanism to Evangelicalism to Liberalism.
  5. Gain insight and understanding into Christendom today.
  6. See the sovereign, merciful workings of God throughout the history of the nation.
  7. Understand how and why movements were started and trace their effect on history.
  8. Explain the causes, developments in, reactions to, and criticism of nondenominational evangelicalism since 1858.
  9. Gain insight into present day issues in the American church.
  10. Obtain basic bibliography for further study.
  • I really enjoyed this course. The lecturer is very knowledgeable and easy to listen to and follow. I learned so much that it really amazed me how, at 74, I had missed so much about the history of the church. Thank you so much.

    — Sidney, United States (US)
  • very interesting

    — J.j, United States (US)
  • Outstanding course and instructor.

    — Diana, United States (US)
  • Great course!!

    — Roberto, United States (US)
  • Loved this course, thank you. Glory to God, Praise Jesus, thank You Holy Spirit.

    — Aaron, United States (US)

Class Content

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Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Lesson Eleven
Lesson Twelve
Lesson Thirteen
Lesson Fourteen
Lesson Fifteen
Lesson Sixteen
Lesson Seventeen
Lesson Eighteen
Lesson Nineteen
Lesson Twenty
Lesson Twenty-One
Lesson Twenty-Two
Lesson Twenty-Three
Lesson Twenty-Four
Course Wrap-Up
Advanced Level
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Class Details

  • 24 Lessons
  • 69 Activities
  • 1 Assessment
  • 44 Min Average
  • 35 Hrs Minimum
  • Class Award

John D. Hannah, PhD, ThD