This is a survey course designed to further stimulate your curiosity by providing glimpses of some of the pivotal events in the spread Christianity and sketches of great Christian figures who have significantly affected Christian history thereby shaping the history of the world. Kit includes six half-hour programs, leader’s guide, program scripts, and reproducible student workbook.

PART I: The Early Church — From the executions of Peter and Paul in Rome to the death of Augustine in North Africa, we follow the Early Church as she emerges from the womb of Judaism to survive horrendous persecution and become established in the Roman world. Explore what took place at the early Ecumenical Councils and how the great doctrines of the Church were formulated.

PART II: The Church in the Middle Ages — During this period in history, universities, monasteries, and museums were established. The Church, with her majestic Cathedrals, joined these institutions in influencing society. But this interaction with culture was not without difficulties: barbarian invasion, crusades, the Muslim challenge. Also, during this period, Christendom was divided into the Eastern Church and the Western Church.

PART III: The Reformation — It was an age of exploration and discovery, of art and literature. The Medieval Church, however, had placed too much emphasis on the church as an institution. As a result, the papacy enjoyed unusual power often coupled with unusual corruption. Cries of reform were heard all over Europe. The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century was a tremendous movement of spiritual and ecclesial renewal.

PART IV: The Age of Reason and Piety — During the two centuries between the death of Martin Luther in 1546 and the conversion of John Wesley in 1738, the Christian world experienced a major paradigm shift from an “age of faith” to an “age of reason.” On the heels of Copernicus’ discovery that the earth is not the center of the universe, rose “the Enlightenment” — a movement that shifted the focus away from God and to human creativity.

PART V: Christianity in the New World — America was the land of new beginnings. Europe represented for Americans a corrupt past, whose contamination they wished to escape. This period includes the study of great traditions such as the Puritans and Quakers, and great movements such as the First Great Awakening.

PART VI: Christian Movement in an Age of Uncertainty — From the fall of Bastille in 1789 (marking the beginning of the French Revolution) to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 (marking the end of communism), study the Christian movement in an age of uncertainty. William Carey, the “father of modern missions” carries the Gospel to India; others followed to remote regions — people like David Livingstone, Lottie Moon, Henry Martyn, and Hudson Taylor. Explore the Christian Church as it moves into all the world.

Director: Mona Hurlbert Fisher, Maria Demeshkina Peek
Starring: Dr. Timothy George

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25 COMMENTS

  1. There were – and, in some places, still are – MANY horrific and EVIL practices, customs, and traditions from all around the world, such as: child sacrifice to pagan deities; violent gladiatorial fights to the death, such as those in Ancient Rome; the FORCED self-immolation (burning alive) of widows on the funeral pyres of their dead husbands (a very ancient Indian tradition); the practice of foot-binding in China, which left many women crippled for life…

    There are many more examples…

    Christianity played a major role in the ABOLITION of these detestable practices.

    Literally.

  2. It was not a good thing when Constantine made "Christianity" a legalized recognized religion in his time. Rather it became a marriage of paganism and Christianity, bringing idols into the church and corrupting the 10 Commandments. It fouled up the correct following and honoring of the Sabbath, which is the SEVENTH day of the week, not the first day, which is worship to the SUN God RA, or SUNDAY. The church has been fouled up every since that time. Only the Jews continue to keep the Sabbath as directed by God, and then later on in the 1800's did a group of new believers, there was the birth of the SDA believers from the Millerites. it was about 1841 and on, that this group figured out that the Jews were indeed keeping the Sabbath as directed by God through Moses. This is just one thing that is wrong, eventually they discovered as the Jews did, the real truth about heaven, hell and the Resurrection and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

    it is sad that the Roman Catholic church and the break off denominations from that have so deluded people and misinterpreted the Bible, teaching about an everlasting hell, and polluting the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and His Second Coming. There is no such thing as second chances about being left behind. When Christ comes, that is it, End of the world by fire, that is the hell Christ spoke of in the Scriptures. Matthew 24. He spoke of the destruction of the Temple and the destruction of Jerusalem, and then of his Second Coming. The other 2 events came to pass, so people should understand the other event will come to pass too.

  3. Salvation without sanctification is impossible! It would be like marrying without keeping a daily the relationship, like the bride atending the ceremony and afterwards going back to her parent's home and living as a single! WAKE UP. Thank you!

  4. WITHOUT SANCTITY (or holiness) IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE GOD. Amen. The Bible is clear! But humpans despite this, only who is an elect yearns for this, out of pure love for God.

  5. I may say insitutional church has failed hugely! Allowed slavery for centuries, never gave a good testimony! Catholic church torutred by the inquisition, the protestants killed in religious wars…. the church are the elects, not the religion. Blessings

  6. The Bible clearly talks about the wicked. Because slavery was legal white people think that they get a pass from God. The Bible says that vengeance is mine says the Lord I shall repay he's not talking to all white people he's just talking to the wicked ones

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