Houston Graduate School of Theology                  

CH 511, Spring 2013             

Thursdays, 1:30-4:00 pm

Daniel K. Dunlap, Ph.D.

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The mission of Houston Graduate School of Theology is empowering spiritual leadership

through the intellectual, spiritual and vocational development of men and women

in order to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.


CH 511: The History of Christianity 2


Course Description:

A survey of the history of Christianity from the fourteenth-century to the present, with attention given to salient contexts, individuals, movements, and ideas. The course of study includes consideration of general, social, and intellectual historiographies. Three hours.


Course Objectives:

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

  1. Summarize the history of Christianity from the late Middle Ages to the present;
  2. Identify outstanding individuals, significant movements, and important groups;
  3. Interpret history topically as well as chronologically: important topics for this course include scripture, church, worship, doctrine and authority.


Required Texts:

Justo L. Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity: Volume Two: The Reformation to the Present. HarperOne, 2010. (ISBN: 0061855898)


Henry Bettenson and Chris Maunder, eds., Documents of the Christian Church, Oxford University Press, 1999, 3rd edition. (ISBN: 0192880713)


Course Requirements:

Midterm Examination.                        25%

Research Paper                                   25%

Comprehensive Final Exam               40%

Class Attendance                                10%


  1. The Midterm Examination will cover material from the class lectures and assigned readings.


  1. Each student will write a 12-14 page Research Paper (double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font) with footnotes plus bibliography in correct Turabian form. For guidelines and policies regarding the preparation of the research paper see Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Do not submit work in a plastic cover or folder.

The topic of research must be related to a personality and his or her historic context from the fourteenth century to the present. Examples are: John Hus, John Wycliffe, Desiderius Erasmus, William Tyndale, Katharina von Bora, Philip Melanchthon, Martin Bucer, Huldrich Zwingli, Olav Petri, Thomas Cartwright, Robert Browne, Thomas Cranmer, John Smyth, Bathlsazar Hubmaier, Ignatius of Loyola, Matteo Ricci, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Susanna Wesley, John Wesley, Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Philip Jacob Spener, Howell Harris, Nikolaus Zinzendorf, George Fox, William Booth, Catherine Booth, Thomas Chalmers, John Darby, E. B. Pusey, John Henry Newman, C. H. Spurgeon, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wiliam Carey, Hudson Taylor, William Wilberforce, D. L. Moody, Karl Barth, and C. S. Lewis. The paper should examine a specific contribution, viewpoint, or aspect of the person’s life or ministry, and demonstrate your original research in this area.


  1. A cumulative Final Examination will cover material from the class lectures and assigned readings. Students planning to graduate in May must take the final exam early by arrangement with the professor. As part of HGST’s ongoing curriculum assessment, the final examination for this course will be collected for inclusion in the course portfolio.


  1. Attendance at scheduled classes is required (from the beginning of class time) and necessary in order to achieve course objectives. Points will be deducted for absence according to the following schedule:

1 absence = one percentage point deducted from final grade

2 absences = three percentage points deducted from final grade

3 absences = seven percentage points deducted from final grade

4 absences = ten percentage points deducted from final grade

5 absences = automatic failure







Course Grading Scale:

95-100 A                     88-90 B                       80-83 C                       72-75 D

93-94 A-                      86-87 B-                      78-79 C-                      70-71 D-

91-92 B+                     84-85 C+                     76-77 D+                     0-69 F





Note: The enumeration of chapters in Gonzalez-1999 and Gonzalez-2010 are slightly different.  Those chapters listed below in parentheses are the chapters in Gonzalez-2010.


January 24


REVIEW CH 510 Avignon Papacy; Great Western Schism; Conciliarism

  • Gonzalez (Vol. I): chapter 33
  • Bettenson, 107-127, Empire and Papacy


January 31

Waning of the Middle Synthesis; Reformation Precursors; the Mystical Alternative

  • Gonzalez (Vol. I): chapter 34
  • Bettenson, 149-150, Conciliar Movement


February 7

Later Course of Scholasticism; Revival of Classical Learning; A New Vision of Reality; Renaissance Papacy

  • Gonzalez (Vol. I): chapter 35


February 14

Martin Luther

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapters 1-4
  • Bettenson 202-224, Lutheran Reformation


February 21

Melanchthon, Zwingli, Bullinger, Oecolampadius, Bucer

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapters 5, 20
  • Bettenson 224-236, The Short Catechism


February 28

Radical Reformation, Anabaptists

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapter 6


March 7


John Calvin, Calvinism

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapter 7
  • Bettenson 236-238, Calvinism


March 14 – Spring Break


March 21

The English Reformation; Catholic Reformation

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapters 8, 12, 14, 19
  • Bettenson 241-268 Peace of Westphalia; 275-282 Council of Trent; 298-310 British Churches in the 17th Century


March 28 - Maundy Thursday (No Class)


April 4

Wars of Religion; Religion in the Low Countries; Jesuits, Matteo Ricci; Arminius

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapters 9-11, 21
  • OPTIONAL Gonzalez (Vol. I): chapter 36
  • Bettenson 238-241 Peace of Augsburg; 272-275 Jesuits; 282-284 Arminianism


April 11

The Americas, Columbus; The Rationalists; Puritans, Baptists, Quakers

  • OPTIONAL Gonzalez (Vol. I): chapter 35
  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapters 14-17 (15-17), 21-22 (22-23)
  • Bettenson 269-270 Act Against Puritans; 311-316 James I and the Puritans; 337-341The Quakers


April 18

Pietism; The Wesleys, Whitefield, Methodism; Edwards, First Great Awakening

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapter 24-25
  • Bettenson 319-323 Westminster Confession of Faith; 349-351 Organization of the Methodists; 329-331 The Independents (Congregationalism)


April 25


The United States; Second Great Awakening; Baptists and Methodists; Evangelicalism; the New Europe

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapters 27-28
  • Bettenson 323-325 Baptist Confessions of Faith


May 2

Division and Ecumenism; Geographic Expansion; Modernism, Fundamentalism, Pentecostalism

  • Gonzalez (Vol. II): chapters 31, 33, 36
  • Bettenson 426-435 Ecumenism


May 9



Class Policies

Attendance is required at scheduled classes, from the beginning of the class time, and necessary in order to achieve course objectives.  Points will be deducted for each absence according to the schedule mentioned above. Absence from the equivalent of more than five full classes will result in an automatic failure. Please inform the professor if you have extenuating circumstances. Tardiness of more than ten minutes will be counted as a half-day of absence. Please turn cell phones off, or to vibrate. Sending text messages and use of the internet other than research directly related to class is not permitted.


HGST Statement on Plagiarism

Plagiarism is presenting the work of another person as one’s own without giving proper credit for the use of the information. Students must not quote books, articles, essays, or Internet sites without giving proper credit to the author(s). Students should guard against plagiarism by crediting the original author through use of proper citations. Internet plagiarism is a particularly easy and tempting form of intellectual theft. Cutting and pasting sentences and paragraphs from the Internet without citations is plagiarism. Failure to cite Internet sources is plagiarism.

Any student who is found guilty of plagiarism is subject to a range of consequences as outlined below.


  1. If a faculty member suspects plagiarism, the instructor will investigate. If suspicions are confirmed, the faculty member will present the evidence to the appropriate Associate Dean as a record of the offense. If the Associate Dean concurs with the allegations, the following procedures should be implemented as applicable:
  2. The faculty member may discuss the offense with the student following consultation with the Associate Dean, but the student will meet with the Associate Dean.
  3. For a first offense, the faculty member, in consultation with the Associate Dean, may give opportunity for a rewrite of the assignment or may assign a grade of zero for the plagiarized assignment.
  4. For a particularly egregious case of plagiarism on a major assignment, the consequences could result in automatic failure of the course.


  1. The student may appeal the above-mentioned decisions of the faculty member in writing to the Academic Dean.


  1. The second confirmed offense will result in expulsion from school. The student will be notified by a letter from the Academic Dean. His or her only opportunity for appeal will be to the President in writing. The President’s decision will be final.



  1. All written assignments are subject to required submission to www.turnitin.com to check for originality and style. The assignments that are required for submission will be described in the syllabus.
  2. Students will create an account at www.turnitin.com. After doing so, the student will join the course page with the code and password supplied by the instructor. A list of assignments and due dates will be available on the course page.
  3. Students will submit assignments by the due date and time and may be required to submit the assignments in a hard copy format.


Electronic Equipment in Class

It is expected that students will use technology (cell phones, laptop computers, iPads, etc.) during classes only for the purposes of class work. Therefore, students should turn off cell phones and refrain from texting and using laptop computers during classes except for the purposes of taking notes or doing research specifically authorized by the course instructor. Students who have emergency needs not covered by this policy must ask for an exception from the course instructor.


HGST Policy on Incompletes

In cases of extenuating circumstances, and at the discretion of the Instructor, a student may request and apply for an extension on all required assignments that are not completed before the end of the semester or term, subject to a half-letter grade or more reduction on the final grade (e.g., A to A-; B to B-). If an extension is granted, the instructor will record a grade of “I” (Incomplete) and set an extension of time within which to complete the work that shall not exceed thirty (30) calendar days from the end of the term. The student is responsible to

ensure that all necessary paperwork is submitted to the Registrar‘s Office by the deadline listed in the school calendar. Additional extensions may be granted either by the Academic Dean or Associate Dean and only after a student has petitioned the Dean in writing. If the course work is not completed within the extended time allotment, the grade of “I” will be converted to the grade earned by the student up to that point. A failing grade, or “F,” will be counted as hours attempted in computing the grade point average. The fee for filing a “Request for Extension” form with the Registrar is $50



Your ability to get the most out of library resources will enhance the possibility of your earning a high grade in this class. Therefore you should consider using, in addition to the HGST library, one or more of the following libraries.


Houston Public Library— Any resident of Texas can obtain a free Houston Public Library card. Library cardholders have access to all of the books in the library system as well as the use of free interlibrary loans, meaning that HPL cardholders can borrow almost any book available.

Cardholders can use the library’s website, www.houstonlibrary.org, to search the catalog and manage interlibrary loans. The website also contains links to WorldCat and other online databases that will enhance your research. The HPL location that is closest to HGST, the Collier

Regional Branch (832.393.1740), is located at 6200 Pinemont, which is less than three miles from campus. A better option would be the newly expanded and renovated Central Library

(832.393.1313), which is located downtown at 500 McKinney. In addition, HPL has many other

locations. The HGST library can give you an application for an HPL library card, or you can print the application form from their website.


Fondren Library at Rice University— The Fondren Library (713.348.5113) is located at 6100 Main. For more information, please visit www.rice.edu/fondren. The procedure for borrowing books at the Fondren Library is, first, go to the online catalog [www.rice.edu/fondren] to search for available books; second, go to the HGST library and fill out a form, signed by HGST library

personnel, to take with you to the Fondren Library for each book; third, retrieve the book(s)

yourself; fourth, take the book(s) and the signed form to the circulation desk to complete

checkout (return the yellow copy to the HGST library; when the book(s) are returned to the

Fondren Library, they will indicate so on the pink and gold copies; return the pink copy to the

HGST Library and keep the gold copy for your records).


Cardinal Beran Library at St Mary’s Seminary—the home of an extensive theological library, St Mary’s Seminary (713.686.4345) is located at 9845 Memorial Drive, only 4.6 miles from HGST. For more information, please visit http://beran.stthom.edu. The Doherty Library on the main campus of University of St Thomas is also an option.


Library of the Presbytery of the New Covenant – as an HGST student you have borrowing privileges at this library located at 1110 Lovett Blvd, Houston. To search their online catalogue,

go to http://www.pbyofnewcovenant.org/cgi-bin/rqm/rqm.cgi.


Other options include Harris County Public Library (www.hcpl.net) and the libraries at the

University of Houston and Houston Baptist University.

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