A Journey through Church History
What you'll learn
- A general timeline of the history of Christianity
- The role of the Church in society through the centuries
- The basic differences in Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions of the Church
- Key persons, dates, and events in the history of Christianity (the good and not so good)
- No prior knowledge is necessary to fully enjoy this course.
One of the often-heard objections to faith in Christ is that it is old fashioned or outdated, a relic of the distant past and therefore easily discarded. After all, what could a two thousand year old faith have to say to us in the twenty-first century?
This class seeks to address this question. In short, what could a two thousand year old faith have to say to us? A lot!
For those of us who are a part of the Christian Church, our history is not something to be discarded as foreign, or cut-off from our time. No, church history is a recognition that all that the Church is today, has been informed, shaped, and influenced by what has gone before. So, to investigate church history is to dig the depths of who we are, and as we do, it is my hope that we come to a better understanding of what it means to be faithful to Jesus in our own day.
For those of us who are not yet a part of the Christian Church, it may be that what you think you know about Christianity, has been shaped by particular ways of reading history, theology or sacred texts. Wherever your knowledge of the Church has come from, let me offer a new perspective, one that does not sugar-coat the past in order to paint a misleading picture of the present.
This course is designed to do two things:
1. Offer a memorable timeline of significant events in Church history
2. Invite you to engage with the sources of history for yourself
Using the century by century method, this course enables you to see the whole picture (granted: we will not be able to cover EVERYTHING) and engaging the sources develops the skills you need to do your own research. Don't just let others tell you what happened; read the sources for yourself!
It is my joy to offer this course to you as an introduction to this topic. By no means am I able to investigate everything, but it is my hope that you will finish this course with a helpful understanding and the desire to learn more!
Who this course is for:
- Persons interested in church history
- Christians interested in discipleship
After completing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee, I moved to Nazarene Theological College, Manchester UK in September of 2006 to take my MA in Theology. I was seeking to have a year abroad in the UK, earn an MA, and move back to the States, but that ‘year abroad’ turned into a ‘new home’. I completed my MA and began my PhD at NTC in September 2008. With my studies complete I began working at NTC Manchester in 2012, where I held a number of administrative and academic roles until 2021, at which time I began working for NTC Australia/New Zealand, finding a new home and place to minister.
My academic interests are the areas of church history, ecclesiology, sacramental theology, worship, Wesley studies, diakonia, and the intersection of theology and culture. My most recent publications and presentations include work on baptism, the history of the Church of the Nazarene, prevenient grace, and the diaconate.
I have a passion for learning, and I seek to help form and shape future learners of the next generation. My goal as a teacher of theology and church history is to enable students to see the rich heritage of the Christian faith and to discover the ways in which we may be faithful to Jesus in our day. Learning about who we were is as important as trying to develop who we are. As an ordained Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene, I understand the vital relationship between the Church and the Academy. Consequently, I find myself teaching in the classroom, the pulpit, and the house group on a regular basis.
It is my intention to offer a glimpse into higher education through offering courses on Udemy.