This unit develops the students’ historical methodology and research skills, building on fundamental learnings from the first survey (CH8001Y). Applying these skills, it surveys the history of the Church from the Renaissance to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the current historiography of the Long Reformation (14th to 18th Centuries) and its aftermaths, to the Enlightenment, colonialism, the Age of Revolutions, and the Religious developments of the 19th Century in church authority structures and ‘Social Christianity’, as a preface to interpreting twentieth century conflicts, reforms and renewal.

Unit code: CH9002Y (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Employ fruitfully the dynamic meaning of church history


Analyse critically both primary and secondary historical sources


Argue a critical evaluation of selected historical evidence from the period


Integrate historiographical debates into historical analysis


Research, arrange and analyse evidence within a sustained historical argument on a selected event in early modern or modern church history


Identify and demonstrate the inter-relationship between history and theology


Formulate reasoned historical interpretations of key moments in church’s history

Unit sequence

CH8001Y or equivalent


Lecture, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder, eds. Documents of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1999 (or other editions)
  • Bireley, Robert. The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450–1700. Washington, DC: CUA Press, 1999.
  • Burleigh, Michael. Earthly Powers: Religion and Politics from the Enlightenment to the Great War. London: Harper Collins, 2006.
  • Burleigh, Michael. Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics from the Great War to the War on Terror. London: Harper Collins, 2006.
  • Cameron, Euan. The European Reformation. 2nd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2012.
  • Duffy, Eamonn. The Stripping of the Altars. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.
  • Howell, Martha and Walter Prevenier. From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001.
  • Jenkins, Keith. Re-Thinking History. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Wallace, Peter G. The Long European Reformation. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study

Document Study (2000 words)

2000 25.0

Minor Essay (2000 words)

2000 25.0

Major Essay (4000 words)

4000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:47 +1100