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Nearly every major doctrine of the Church was established before the Reformation. In this course, learners discover how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation. The lectures focus on the cultural, political and economic backgrounds of both the Patristic and Medieval periods of church history, and emphasize the contributions of key figures up to the Reformation. The course culminates with the Renaissance, which was the cultural context for Luther’s Reformation. From Augustine to Wycliffe, students will see how God graciously used human people to accomplish divine purposes.
Legacy CollectionThis course is part of a collection of courses taught by world-class evangelical professors from across the globe on a variety of topics. The lessons are presented on an intermediate to college or seminary level and provide a wealth of information for those who want to dig deeper into their faith. Select courses in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by Our Daily Bread University.
- Articulate the development of Christian doctrine, faith, and practice from Pentecost to the Reformation.
- Reflect upon their significance for the church today.
- Describe the process by which only certain documents came to be regarded as authoritative.
- List the salient elements of early Christian worship.
- Ponder the implications of “martyr faith” for his/her own life and ministry.
- Oxford and Cambridge, sabbatical studies
- Fuller Seminary and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, graduate studies
- University of Minnesota, PhD
- Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv and ThM
- Wheaton College, BA
I learned a great deal. I really like the course and had to put my whole thinking process in place. I like a challenge. Thank you for offering this wonderful course.Sidney
I especially appreciated the sections on the early church and the councils.Iain
Great series on the history of the Church to the Reformation. I learned so much and these lecturers and the lecturer blessed my life. Thank you and God Bless you all at ODBU.Laurie
The course was informative, instructional, and defining. It added cream to my understanding and beliefs as a born again Christian.Anyawa
I have enjoyed this course very much. It has provided me with a deeper understanding of the history of our church. I love the fact that Professor Rosell began each lecture in joining him in prayer. and I would like to close with a short prayer. Our Loving Father in heaven, I thank you with all my heart, with all my soul and all my mind for directing me in taking this wonderful course. In Jesus Holy and precious name, Amen.Joseph
I am in my retired years and have never felt that I wanted to go back to school again, though I have continued to seek out learning opportunities. Though I have never really liked history, this course has given me a much better appreciation of the value of understanding our church history, and a much better understanding of the issues that have brought challenges in the church up to and including today. I believe that I learned something new in every lecture, and in some cases, quite a few things. It has brought me closer to the Lord. It is now much more likely that I will take the next course in this series. Thank you.John