Church History – II Course Description

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
(i)     Discuss the Protestant Reformation, mentioning its causes and the reform attempts which preceded Luther and Calvin, and listing the views of other denominations, and explain the life history of Luther and Calvin using a historical, critical, and analytical, educational approach,
(ii)    Identify the date of the great division, and the religious, economical, political, and geographical factors which led to its occurrence,
(iii)   Explain the theology of the Orthodox church, the reasons for its survival, and the most important activities of its prominent theological fathers throughout history, evaluate their theology in light of the Bible and evangelical beliefs, and discuss attempts at reformation from within the Orthodox church,
(iv)   Repeat (iii) with respect to the other eastern churches in the region (i.e. the two branches of the Assyrian church, “Nestorian” and “Jacobean”, the Coptic church, the Maronite church, the Armenian church, and the Sudanese church), including their historic relationships with evangelical churches and missions,
(v)    Comment on the role of the evangelical church today and its relationships with these eastern churches, and discuss the Arab identity of the whole Church in the region both before and after Islam,
(vi)   Apply the analytical critical method to classify, compare and analyze any other group’s beliefs alongside evangelical beliefs and biblical teaching.

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