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Online · School of Divinity · Theological Studies

Historical Development of Christian Theology
CHHI-610

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

The doctrinal development of the early church fathers and the Greek apologists, the doctrinal construction in the Nicene and post-Nicene period, and the further development and divisions in the Middle Ages, the Reformation Period, and the Modern Era.

Requisites

Prerequisites

CHHI 520 or CHHI 525 or CHHI 510

Rationale

Exploring how churches have wrestled with doctrinal controversy gives ministry leaders a deeper understanding of doctrine and church history, equipping them to lead a doctrinally sound ministry and confront contemporary doctrinal issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss Christian theology from the early church to the modern era.
  2. Discuss the variety of issues that played critical roles in the development of Christian theology, with an emphasis not only on how theological formulations changed, but why they changed.
  3. Synthesize the development of trends that have emerged in Christian theology.
  4. Evaluate doctrinal expressions as they have emerged and developed from the early church to the modern era.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

George, Timothy. Theology of the Reformers, rev. ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2013.

Olson, Roger E. The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform. Downers Grove: IVP, 1999.

Sanders, Fred, and Klaus Issler, ed. Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2007.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160

 

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C)

Research Paper: Topic Selection

Each student will select and submit his/her topic for the research paper. A list of predefined topics will be listed within the course. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Research Paper: Thesis, Outline, and Bibliography

The student will write a thesis, outline, and bibliography based on the unique topic selected from the list of topics within the course. The bibliography must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Analysis Paper (3)

The student will write a 600–1000-word analysis paper in response to the topic and directions posted within the course. The paper must incorporate Reading & Study material from the current and previous modules/weeks. The paper must be in current Turabian format. (Outcomes: A, C, D)

Book Review

The student will write a 1250–1750-word review of either Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective or The Formation of Christian Doctrine, but not both. The introduction will state the book's thesis and the student’s intentions for the review. The conclusion will state the author's thesis and the student’s intentions in the review. The body of the paper will fulfill the student’s intentions stated in the introduction. (Outcomes: A, B, C)

Research Paper

The student will write a research-based paper of at least 3,000 words in current Turabian format that focuses on one unique topic from the Wiki. The paper must include at least 5 references including 1 research article found on JSTOR in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 75 pts ea)

150

Research Paper: Topic Selection

5

Research Paper: Thesis, Outline, Bibliography

45

Analysis Papers (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Book Review

200

Research Paper

300

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

Textbooks:     George, Theology of the Reformation (2013).

Sanders & Issler, Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective (2007).

Olson, The Story of Christian Theology (1999).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

George: chs. 1–2

Olson: chs. 1–4

1 presentation

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

75

2

George: ch. 3

Olson: chs. 5–8

Sanders & Issler: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

1 website

Research Paper: Topic Selection

Research Paper: Thesis, Outline, Bibliography

5

45

3

George: ch. 4

Olson: chs. 9–12

Sanders & Issler: ch. 3

1 presentation

2 websites

Analysis Paper 1

100

4

George: ch. 5

Olson: chs. 13–16

Sanders & Issler: ch. 4

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 2

75

5

George: ch. 6

Olson: chs. 17–23

Sanders & Issler: ch. 5

1 presentation

1 website

Book Review

200

6

George: ch. 7

Olson: chs. 24–27

1 presentation

1 website

Analysis Paper 2

100

7

George: ch. 8

Olson: chs. 28–31

1 presentation

1 website

Research Paper

300

8

Olson: chs. 32–35

Sanders & Issler: ch. 6

1 presentation

2 websites

Analysis Paper 3

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

NOTE:   Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.