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Course Descriptions: Historical Studies

HIS/PCS 528 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
A study of the development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in the 20th century. Offered in the Fall term.

HIS 529 Religion in America
The development of the various families of churches, sects and religious movements in the United States from the colonial period to the present day. Offered as needed.

HIS 532 History and Polity of the Assemblies of God
The historical, sociological and theological background which gave rise to the Pentecostal Movement and the formation of the AG. The development of the denomination is traced to the present time. Includes a unit on the congregational presbyterial polity of the AG. Distance Learning (DL) option available. Offered in the Spring term.

HIS/PCS 546 Initial Evidence and Spirit Baptism
An examination of the biblical, historical and theological development of the doctrine of initial evidence for the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Pentecostal Movement. Offered as needed.

HIS 548/MHT 534 History of Jewish-Christian Relations
(See MHT 534/HIS 548.)

HIS 549 History of Modern Revivals
An examination of the historical, theological and spiritual dimensions of revivals in the modern era. Offered as needed.

HIS/MHT 556 World Christianity I
This course examines the growth and cultural contexts of Christianity from the tie of the ancient church to 1453. This study includes surveying the diversity of Christian traditions East and West, the expansion of the faith from the Middle East to Africa, Asia and Europe, missiological and theological developments, political and social dynamics, the rise of Islam and the Muslim conquests and the immediate contexts for the upheavals of the Reformation in the 16th century. Offered in the Fall term.
Distance Learning (DL) option available.

HIS/MHT 557 World Christianity II
This course examines the developments and growth of Christian movements from 1453 to the present. Key topics include the five Reformations of the Western church, expansion of Catholic and Protestant Missions into the Americas and Asia, the rise of Evangelicalism, the explosion of Protestant world missions, the birth and exponential growth of Pentecostal and charismatic movements. The globalization of Christianity and the challenges of dechristianization and post-modern thinking in the West. Offered in the Spring term. Distance Learning (DL) option available.

HIS 642 Specialized Studies in Church History/Historical Theology
The study of a special problem or area of interest in church history/historical theology as the need may arise. Offered as needed.

HIS 644/MHT 637 Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy
(See MHT 637/HIS 644.)

HIS/PHI/THE 652 Faith and Philosophy
This course is a historical survey of the relationship of Christianity to philosophy, with particular focus on the interplay of faith and reason from the first to twenty-first century. The synergies, tensions and accommodations of philosophy and theology will be evaluated. The tragic loss of a Jewish world view beginning in the second century and the important Christian contributions to philosophy will be placed in their historical context. Biblical, empirical, rational, and mystical motifs will be assessed and the particular fusions of Pentecostal thinkers will be assessed. Offered as needed.

HIS/MCC/PTH 659 The Social Impact of Christianity
This course is a critical-historical evaluation of the impact of the Christian faith upon the major spheres of society. Christian contributions to the arts, education, intellectual inquiry, science, political thought and social justice will be delineated.  The 2000-year narrative of Christian history is filed with progress and regress, but the overall portrait reveals a resilient faith able to influence positive change. Offered as needed.

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