Modern Church History

While the period of the Early Church was formative for the establishment of Christianity and the period of the Reformation was foundational for the progress of Protestantism, the period since the Reformation has been marked by global expansion with an unprecedented variety of expressions of Christianity. The unit Modern Church History provides an opportunity for students to analyse the course and causes of such varied expressions and to confront the emergent issues for the church of today and the future. It is an Elective unit in Church History within the Postgraduate awards.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H8100 Introduction to the Study of Church History



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse the causes and nature of the global expansion of the church in the modern era;
  2. evaluate the significance of key events and movements in the church in the modern era for theological and ecclesiastical developments;
  3. appraise a range of scholarly literature concerning the evolution of theological thought and church practice in various regions in the era of the modern church;
  4. write a cogent essay on a historical topic within the modern era of the church, using the accepted methods of the discipline;
  5. apply lessons learnt from the history of the church in the modern era to a critique of the church of today and its projected future.
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