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):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By Owen Chadwick Recommended
The Christian Tradition (5 vols.)
By Jaroslav Pelikan Recommended
Science and Religion
By Alister McGrath Recommended
The Battle for God
By Karen Armstrong Recommended
Saintly Sex: Saint John Paul II, Sex, Gender and the Catholic Church
By Anthony Alioto and John P. McHale Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the medieval Church and its theological foundations in the thought of St. Augustine through St. Thomas Aquinas.
Outline medieval theology and high scholasticism.
Explain various challenges to doctrine arising from medieval mysticism and the Renaissance.
Explain the struggle between the rising nation state and the Church.
Describe the causes, persons, and events of the Protestant Reformation.
Explain the growth and development of Protestant theology from Luther to Calvin.
Describe and analyze the challenges of modernity to Christianity.
Summarize the various encounters between science and Christianity.
Explain the rise of modern fundamentalism.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Describe and analyze:
The English Reformation
The Catholic Reformation
Christianity and the Scientific Revolution
The Higher Criticism
Liberal Theology, Process Theology, Liberation Theology, Death of God Theology Fundamentalism
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
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.