Course Information


for Center for Anglican Learning and Leaders Department

CALL Church History: Wisdom for Mission Today (CALL)


This course will explore the history of Christianity by focusing on snapshots of it in different times and places, by attending to its diversity over time, by encountering contrasting historical figures in its history, by asking what “salvation” meant and what “mission” consisted of in each of these times and places, and by pondering how these historical forms of Christianity may inform our faith and praxis today. Over the seven weeks you will get to know the early Jesus movement, Constantine’s imperial church, missionaries among Germanic “barbarians,” the culture-dominating Christianity of the Middle Ages with its mysticism and monasticism, the marriage of church and state in Henrician and Elizabethan England, the political tensions within Christianity during industrialization, the hot and cold wars from 1800 to today, and whether this history is our “heritage” or just so much “baggage.” This course is suitable as an introduction or a refresher from a distinct line of inquiry. In addition to the basic reading, reflecting and writing, suggestions for further personal reading, on-line viewing, and travel will be recommended.