This unit will introduce students to the main features of the development of Western Christianity from the late Middle Ages to the present. Topics will include 16th century Reformation movements, 17th century Puritanism and Pietism, the impact of the evangelical revivals, the Enlightenment, industrialization, and revolution upon the church, the development of Christianity in North America and Australia, the rise of the modern missionary and ecumenical movements and the emergence of Pentecostalism.

Unit code: CH1012W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Outline some key aspects of the Christian story in the West from the 16th century to the present day


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


Demonstrate basic skills in interpreting selected historical documents


Assess the significance of selected movements and personalities for the church’s history


Face to Face

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bettenson, Henry (ed.). Documents of the Christian Church. London: Oxford University Press, 1999
  • Blainey, Geoffrey. *A Short History of Christianity. Camberwell: Viking, 2011.
  • Chadwick, Owen. The Christian Church in the Cold War. London: Penguin, 1992
  • Chidester, David. Christianity: a global history. London: Penguin, 2001.
  • Hastings, Adrian (ed.). A World History of Christianity. London, Cassell, 1999
  • Jensen, De Lamar. Reformation Europe: Age of Reform and Revolution. 2nd edn. Lexington: D C Heath & Co, 1992
  • Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity, Volume 2. Rev edn. New York: HarperOne, 2010. (recommended for purchase)
  • McGrath, Alister. Christian History: An Introduction. New York: Wiley, 2012.
  • MacCulloch, D. A History of Christianity. London: Penguin, 2010
  • Matheson, Peter (ed.) Reformation History (A People’s History of Christianity, Volume 5) Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007.
  • Noll, Mark A. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. 3rd edn. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012.
  • Noll, Mark A. The New Shape of World Christianity. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2009
  • Shelley, Bruce L. Church History in Plain Language. 4th edn. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay of 1,500 words

0 40.0
Document Study

Document study of 1,000 words

0 20.0
Short Answer Tests

Half hour written test

0 20.0

Five 200-word forum posts or equivalent (one 15-minute oral exam)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 21 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-21 10:53:23 +1100