DL312 | North American Church History
Course begins 1/29/13; ends 5/3/13
Meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays (3pm – 4:30)
- The student will become acquainted with the broad historical development of the Protestant churches in North America from the point of European contact to the present day, with a particular focus on the development of confessional Reformed and Presbyterian denominations.
- The student will become acquainted with, and evaluate, the major theological developments, movements, and trends within the Protestant churches in North America from the point of European contact to the present day, and also gain particular understanding of the theological developments which have impacted Reformed and Presbyterian denominations found in North America.
- The student will be able to analyze and evaluate both ecclesiastical and theological developments, events, and key figures and writings in North American church history, in the light of Scripture and the summaries of biblical doctrine expressed by the Reformed confessions. The student will also be able to articulate and communicate this analysis and evaluation with a view to practical ministry application. The student will also be able to provide assessment and analysis of more recent ecclesiastical and theological trends in comparison to the past. (Ecclesiastes 1:10)
- Noll, Mark. A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003), 1-500.
- Handout readings of primary sources, focusing on Reformed theologians and developments/issues in Reformed theology in North American church history (will be photocopied or online materials, made available at class sessions).
– Research paper (15-20 pages) 40%
– Class readings and discussion 20%
– Final examination 40%
Late assignments will receive the standard PRTS deduction of 5% per day, unless special exemption (ie. for medical/family emergencies) is granted by the professor.