Church History Since the Reformation

From Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation, this course examines the church's doctrine, faith, and practice as they relate to greater cultural, political, and economic contexts.


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.

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Study Guide
  1. Articulate the development of Christian doctrine, faith, and practice from the Protestant Reformation to the present.
  2. Describe the theological tenets established by Luther as key to the Reformation.
  3. Distinguish between the fundamental characteristics of Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism, and Anabaptism.
  4. Understand the impact of the Council of Trent on church doctrine and reform.
  5. Recognize the significance of the events studied in this course on today’s church.
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell, Canada
  • I learned a number of things that I was not familiar with in the course. This was primarily the manner in which ecumenical movements have been attempted during the twentieth century following the Fundamentalist/Modernist controversy. This is one aspect of modern church history that I need to study more and this course challenged me to do so. It was also helpful to learn more about the development of Lutheran orthodoxy following the death of Luther. There are a lot of lessons that can be found here. It also helps to understand modern Lutheranism in light of Luther's own views. I was very grateful for this content. I intend to pursue additional study of topics in this period of church history.

    — David, United States
  • I found the lectures interesting and informative and learned a lot from them. Only issue is the emphasis on Church history in the USA as I am a UK resident.

    — Iain, United Kingdom
  • Great course, great lecturer. Good application and teaching.

    — Jason, United States
  • Great course!!

    — Roberto, United States
  • I enjoyed this course a great deal. I learned a great deal about the nineteenth century church history and of the famous men and women of the time. The reading in the textbook was a great help, as well.

    — James, United States

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Course Details

  • High Effort
  • 24 Lessons
  • 44 Min Average
  • Course Award

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Garth M. Rosell, PhD

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