This unit will introduce students to central features of the development of European and North American Christianity from the Reformation period to late modernity. Topics will include 16th century reformation movements, 17th century Puritanism and Pietism, the impact of enlightenment and revolution upon the church, the development of Christianity in the modern era.

Unit Code: CH1012S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline some key aspects of the variegated Christian story in Europe and North America from the 16th century to the present


Identify some of the social, political and cultural factors influencing the development of Christianity in the modern era


Demonstrate an understanding of the major theological controversies of the emerging modern era and an ability to discuss their significance for the church


Demonstrate basic skills in interpreting selected historical documents

Unit sequence

Cragg, G R The church and the age of reason. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987. Ebeling, E Luther: An Introduction to his Thought, trans. R.A. Wilson. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1972, 2007. Ellingsen, M Reclaiming our Roots: An inclusive Introduction to Church History, Vol. II. Harrisburg, Penn: TPI, 1999. Hillerbrand, HJ (ed.) The Protestant Reformation. New York et al.: Harper, 1968. Jensen, D Reformation Europe: age of reform and revolution. 2nd edn, Lexington, MA: D C Heath & Co., 1992. Lindberg, C The European Reformations. Oxford, UK et al: Blackwell, 1996. Lindberg. C (ed.) The European Reformations Sourcebook. Oxford UK et al: Blackwell, 2000. Martin, D On Secularization: Towards a Revised General Theory. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. Lull, TF (ed.) Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, 2nd edition ed. William R. Russell. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005. Matheson, P. The Imaginative World of the Reformation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001. MacCulloch, D The Reformation: A History. Penguin, 2005. McGrath, A Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution. New York: HarperOne, 2007.


lecture/discussion/group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

Document study (250 words)

0 15.0
Document Study

Document study (250 words)

0 15.0
Short Answer Tests

Open book test (250 words)

0 10.0
Short Answer Tests

Open book test (250 words)

0 10.0

2,000 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-14 11:41:16 +1100