Early Church History: Pentcost to 1350 AD
Instructor: Al Friberg & Randy Reid
Start Date: Thursday 21-March-2019
Duration: Meets weekly for 11 classroom sessions
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 912 Yakima Ave., Prosser WA
Cost: $100 (students are responsible to get their own textbooks)
Textbook: Tim Dowley (editor), Introduction to the History of Chritianity 3nd Edition, (Fortress Press 2018); available in Kindle version as eTextbook.
This course is new to the curriculum as an elective. It is an introduction to Christian history covering the period from the birth of the church at Pentecost (Acts 2) through the outbreak of the plague known as the “Black Death” around 1350. Objectives include:
To instill in students an appreciation of the early centuries of Christianity in which the foundations of Christian orthodoxy were articulated and defended.
To learn of the challenges the early church faced from persecution and heresies.
To introduce students to influential theologians that are generally unfamiliar to Christians today.
To expose students to the important developments in the church during the often misunderstood period of the Middle Ages including the schism between the eastern and western church.
To generally encourage an interest in the important subject of church history.
The class will involve 11 classroom sessions meeting weekly for lecture and discussion. Six of the classes will focus on the first few centuries and four classes will focus on the church in the Middle Ages. Students will be encouraged to select a person or event from church history as a paper topic or a presentation to the class.