This subject is focused on the historians and other writers who have told the story of Christianity at key times in the past. We draw on writings (and some other sources such as music, images, buildings, public addresses) to trace changes and continuities in Christian self-understanding, and set the men and women who wrote, and their approaches to history, in the context of their own times. We will also explore what it means to ‘think historically’. In the context of the Christian story we will consider the role that historical writing has played; we will explore how memories of people and events have been shaped, and how historians can draw on a range of sources to enrich and enliven understandings of the past, and to continue to relate understandings of the past to our experience today.

Unit Code: CH8000P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

Show when this Unit is running

Learning Outcomes


Outline a chronology of key events in the history of the Christian churches from the Jesus movement to the present


Describe the significance of key events within the Christian community over time as they have shaped the historical accounts given by Christian writers


Articulate key principles of interpretation of a range of historical evidence (including varieties of documents, artefacts, music, and art


Demonstrate the ability to interpret a range of historical sources


Identify key features of the context and method of at least one writer on the Christian tradition


Discuss the implications of historical understanding for ministry in the contemporary Christian church.


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Source Exercise 2000 words

0 40.0

Essay 3000 words

0 40.0
Book Review

Book Review 1000 words

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-26 08:40:50 +1100