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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 382
Course Title: *Christianity in the Modern World
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Development of Christian thought from the late Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis is on the confrontation of Christian theology with modernity. Specific subjects are: the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment, Liberal Theology, the Theology of Crisis, etc. Cross-listed as RELI 382.  Prerequisite:  HIST 102.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

HIST 102.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Occasionally

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The Reformation
By Owen Chadwick
The Christian Tradition (5 vols.)
By Jaroslav Pelikan
Science and Religion
By Alister McGrath
The Battle for God
By Karen Armstrong
Saintly Sex: Saint John Paul II, Sex, Gender and the Catholic Church
By Anthony Alioto and John P. McHale
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the medieval Church and its theological foundations in the thought of St. Augustine through St. Thomas Aquinas.
  2. Outline medieval theology and high scholasticism.
  3. Explain various challenges to doctrine arising from medieval mysticism and the Renaissance.
  4. Explain the struggle between the rising nation state and the Church.
  5. Describe the causes, persons, and events of the Protestant Reformation.
  6. Explain the growth and development of Protestant theology from Luther to Calvin.
  7. Describe and analyze the challenges of modernity to Christianity.
  8. Summarize the various encounters between science and Christianity.
  9. Explain the rise of modern fundamentalism.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

Describe and analyze:


  • Martin Luther
  • John Calvin
  • The English Reformation
  • The Catholic Reformation
  • Christianity and the Scientific Revolution
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Higher Criticism
  • Darwinism
  • Liberal Theology, Process Theology, Liberation Theology, Death of God Theology Fundamentalism

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Anthony Alioto Date: April 21, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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