CH302/502 Christianity in History from 1550

This subject gives a survey of Christianity from the Reformation to the present. The course pays particular attention to key factors and themes that contributed to the advance or decline of Christianity at significant historical junctures, with particular reference to significant theological developments and missionary philosophy and method.

Subject CodeCH302 - Undergraduate
CH502 - Graduate
Study ModesMST Wantirna Campus or Online
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2019

Rev Richard Coombs


Along the way we will look at puritanism, the effect of the Enlightenment, revivals, missionary movements and totalitarianism. We will also touch on the history of the church in Australia.

Through this you will gain an awareness of the major developments in the history of the Christian churches over the last five centuries and come to appreciate the problems, opportunities and attitudes of past Christians in their interaction with the societies in which they lived. You will also develop a basic grasp of the historiographical method as you begin to study particular movements, issues and periods.


    This subject will be taught by Rev. Richard Coombs.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Required Textbooks

          • Gonzalez, Justo L., The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day (Vol. 2; 2nd Ed.; New York: HarperCollins, 2011).


          • Woodbridge, John D., Church History, Vol.2 – From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013).

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