Introduction to Church History in Context

The Christian church is an evolving institution, which has constantly acted and reacted in terms of its own developing sense of identity, and in terms of its historical and social context. In this way, the theology and the ecclesiology of the church have come to assume their current shapes. This survey of church history introduces students to methods of historical inquiry and provides an overview of the church’s doctrinal and institutional evolution as a framework for other theological study and more advanced historical study. The unit Introduction to Church History in Context (CALD) is a Core unit and forms part of a Major in Church History within the Bachelor awards.

This unit is available only to candidates enrolled in the BTh/BMin (CALD Stream).

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points





H7100 Introduction to Church History, H7110 History of the Early Church

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. trace the major developments in the history of the Christian churches from their origins to the present past in the light of their own cultural and religious context
  2. explain the issues which have shaped the developments within the Christian churches throughout history, with particular reference to their own cultural context
  3. analyse the contribution of selected people and movements to the development of the church’s thought and structures
  4. interpret individual primary historical documents in terms of their historical provenance and their continuing cultural significance
  5. utilise appropriate methods of historical inquiry to construct a culturally relevant historical argument in written form.
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