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History of Evangelicalism
CHHI-670

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

Course Description

This course is designed to explore the development of Evangelicalism in the 20th century. This course includes the major issues that gave rise to Evangelicalism, such as its background, beliefs, and major personalities, the development of the Evangelical movement in America in the 20th century, fundamentalism, and the current state of Evangelicalism today. (Formerly CHHI 686)

Requisites

Prerequisites

CHHI 510 or 525

Rationale

Evangelicalism has directly and distinctly impacted American religious thought and experience. At the core of historic Evangelicalism is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and so philosophically, Evangelicalism must be studied and defined by its vigorous proclamation of the message of the gospel. Evangelicalism is also recognized as a “come-outer” movement as distinguished from those who reject Biblical literalism as seen from the results of the Great Awakenings upon the populace in both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This separatist tendency within the Evangelical movement is the basis for the development of fundamentalism in the twentieth century and remains a core premise of what drives the Evangelical Movement into the 21st century.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a comprehensive definition of Evangelicalism.
  2. Examine the historical context and issues related to the rise of Fundamentalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America.
  3. Identify the significant persons who have influenced the development of Evangelicalism.
  4. Evaluate the tensions associated with Fundamentalism and Neo-Evangelicalism—internally and externally.
  5. Propose a confessional statement which reflects the doctrinal core of essential Evangelical beliefs/practices.
  6. Assess the current state of Evangelicalism and its prospects for the future.
  7. Evaluate theological and historical sources through the rise of Evangelicalism.

Course Resources

Required Resources

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

Bauder, Kevin T. et al. Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishers, 2011.

Snavely, Bruce. Isaac Backus and the Second Reformation. ed. Lynchburg: Liberty University Press, 2016.

Sweeney, Douglass A. The American Evangelical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

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.

 Recommended Resource

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Current ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

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/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (5)

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. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, B, C, D, F)

Reading Reflection Report


During the course, the student must keep a record of his/her completed reading to include a short reflection. In addition to the course reading, the student must also complete additional reading of his/her choice as it relates to the history of Evangelicalism. (Syllabus Outcome: G)

Evangelical Timeline

The student will create a timeline of 3–4 pages to include at least 50 individuals who have played key roles in the development of Evangelicalism as a historical movement. The timeline must include a date, location, and the significance the individual brings to the Evangelical movement. The paper must include at least 4 sources in a bibliography page. (Syllabus Outcome: C)

Confessional Statement

The student will write a 2–3-page paper explaining the key doctrinal elements that represent the core beliefs of Evangelicals—historically and contemporaneously. The paper must be written in current Turabian format and include a bibliography of at least 2–3 sources in addition to the course textbooks. (Syllabus Outcomes: D, E)

Analysis Essay

Based on the Snavely text, the student will write a 3–4-page analysis written in current Turabian format that answers specific questions provided in the course, regarding the Great Awakening. (Syllabus Outcomes: B, D, F)

Research Paper Proposal

The student will create a proposal for their research paper to include the thesis and bibliography pages. The student must include at least 8 sources including the course textbooks and the Bible. (Syllabus Outcome: A)

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on inerrancy as an issue among Evangelicals from 1900 to the present. The student must also include a title page, thesis statement and outline, documentation in footnotes, and bibliography page. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned plus the previous module/week. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, true/false questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. (Syllabus Outcomes: B, C, F)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)

250

Reading Reflection Report

45

Evangelical Timeline

100

Confessional Statement

50

Analysis Essay

100

Research Paper Proposal

55

Research Paper

200

Exam 1

(Modules 1–2)

50

Exam 2

(Modules 3–4)

50

Exam 3

(Modules 5–6)

50

Exam 4

(Modules 7–8)

50

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

CHHI 670

Textbooks: Bauder et al., Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism (2011).

Snavely, Isaac Backus and the Second Reformation (2016).

Sweeney, The American Evangelical Story (2005).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Snavely: chs. 1–3

Sweeney: ch. 1

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

50

2

Snavely: ch. 4

Sweeney: ch. 2

1 presentation

Reading Reflection Report 1

Analysis Essay

Exam 1

*

100

50

3

Snavely: ch. 5

Sweeney: ch. 3

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Research Paper Proposal

50

55

4

Snavely: ch. 6

Sweeney: ch. 4

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Exam 2

50

50

5

Snavely: ch. 6

Sweeney: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

Reading Reflection Report 2

Evangelical Timeline

*

100

6

Bauder et al.: chs. 1–2

Sweeney: ch. 7

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 4

Exam 3

50

50

7

Bauder et al.: chs. 3–4

Sweeney: ch. 8

1 presentation

DB Forum 5

Reading Reflection Report 3

Confessional Statement

50

45

50

8

1 presentation

Research Paper

Exam 4

200

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

* = Points are totaled in the final submission

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