Church History I will provide a basic knowledge and deep appreciation of Church History in the life of the Catholic Church.
GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES:
- Identify the major time periods in the early history of the Church.
- Understand the significant historical issues in the life of the early Church.
- Recognize the important personalities in the Church’s long history.
- Understand how the faith was formed and established.
- Explore the faith of Christendom, from the birth of the Medieval World to the High Middle Ages.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Week 1: The Faith in Formation
- Understand Paul’s Dilemma: Christians and Jews in the First Century.
- Explore the Early Church.
Week 2: The Faith in Formation
- Learn about Rome against the Christians: The Story of Perpetua.
- Understand the Church’s toleration and its discontents.
Week 3: The Faith Established
- Identify the Search for Purity.
- Explore the Establishment and Collapse of the Church.
Week 4: The Faith of Christendom
- Understand the Birth of the Medieval World.
- Learn about the Carolingian Renaissance and the Ideal of Christendom.
Week 5: The Faith of Christendom
- Learn about the Gregorian Reform.
- Examine the High Middle Ages – The Flowering of Religious Life and the Birth of Scholasticism.
Church History: Faith Handed On
. Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series. Loyola Press, 2001.
The Holy Bible.
Church History I consists of ten lessons and ten assignments, as well as weekly discussions; with each assignment weighted at 10% (percent) of the total grade. Completion of the entire course is determined by either a pass or fail.
TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:
- You must have Internet access. A high speed connection, either ADSL or cable, is recommended.
- You should know how to use a web browser to navigate the web to locate educational resources and download files.
- You will need the files management skills necessary to create directories, to save files and to retrieve files.