HS520CE Church History





This survey course in the history of the Church investigates theological, political, and social developments from the apostolic age through the Second Vatican Council. This range of topics in the course is organized according to the ‘six ages’ of the Church as divided by the historian Christopher Dawson. “A Survey of the History of the Church” is designed to provide an overview of the life of the Church up to the modern era for those serving as permanent deacons in the Catholic dioceses of the United States. It places events and controversies of history in a context that will foster a mature understanding of the Church’s mission and legacy.


Course Syllabus

A Survey of the History of the Church

 

Pontifical College Josephinum   Diaconate Continuing Education    Autumn 2015

 

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Course code:   HS501DE

Credit hours:   2

 

Instructor:       Dr. Eric Graff

Telephone:      (614) 252–0781, ext. 2272

E–Mail:           egraff@pcj.edu

 

 

Course description

 

This survey course in the history of the Church investigates theological, political, and social developments from the apostolic age through the Second Vatican Council. This range of topics in the course is organized according to the ‘six ages’ of the Church as divided by the historian Christopher Dawson. “A Survey of the History of the Church” is designed to provide an overview of the life of the Church up to the modern era for those serving as permanent deacons in the Catholic dioceses of the United States. It places events and controversies of history in a context that will foster a mature understanding of the Church’s mission and legacy.

 

Textbooks

 

Required

Vidmar, John. The Catholic Church through the Ages: A History. New York: Paulist Press, 2005.

 

Suggested

Henry Bettenson, ed. Documents of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Jacques Dupuis, ed. The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church. 7th ed. New York: Alba House, 2001.

Course layout for Church History

Dr. Eric Graff, Pontifical College Josephinum

 

 

Module Topic of Discussion

Online Lecture

Student Assignments
Readings Writing Forum Discussion Quiz
1 The Identity of the Church

Theology, History, and Preparation

 

Lumen gentium, the dogmatic constitution on the Church, at http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

Vidmar 1–45

Reflection papers for groups A or B on the subject of a document from the primary documents list

 

Call X
2 Trials of the Church to AD 330

Example, Culture, and Understanding

 

The Didache (PDF from the course site); The Liber Pontificalis, life of Sylvester (PDF from the course site)

Vidmar, 46–72

 

A
3 Growth of the Church to AD 650

Secular and regular vocations, papacy and episcopate

 

The Rule of St. Benedict, selections starting at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/gregory/life_rule.iv.i.html

Vidmar, 72–87 + short readings posted to the course site

 

B
4 Definition of the Church to AD 1000 (I)

Evangelizing, Western ties, Eastern relations, Islam

Readings to be posted to Populi

 

Bede, On the Reckoning of Time, and The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, selections posted to the course site; Vidmar 88–118 A
5 Definition of the Church to AD 1000 (II)

Language, Science, Arts and history

 

Selections from a medieval manuscript: MS Köln, Domibibliothek 83(ii) 79v–85v at http://www.ceec.uni-koeln.de/;  Vidmar, 119–138 B Call
6 The High Medieval Church to AD 1216

Schism, Gregorian Reform, Papal Supremacy

 

Dictatus Papae; Letters of Henry IV and Gregory VII; the Concordat of Worms; the speech of Urban II to the Council of Claremont, calling for the first crusade (all in PDF from the course site); Vidmar 138–164 A X
7 The Late Medieval Church to AD 1450

Schism, Plague, War, and Print

 

Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas, selections from http://dhspriory.org/thomas/summa/index.html;

Vidmar, 165–177

B
8 The Renaissance Church to 1563

Catholic and Protestant Reformations

 

Martin Luther, 95 Theses at http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/web/ninetyfive.html; Leo X, Exsurge Domine at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Leo10/l10exdom.htm; The Council of Trent, selections from http://history.hanover.edu/texts/trent.html; Vidmar, 177–204

 

A
9 The Church in the Age of Reason to 1789

Science, Discovery, and the Old Regime

Readings to be posted to Populi

 

Galileo’s letter to the Duchess Christina at http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/galileo-tuscany.asp; Cardinal Bellarmine’s letter to Fr. Foscarini at http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/galileo/letterbellarmine.html; the papal condemnation of Galileo at http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/galileo/condemnation.html;

Pope Pius VI, On the Civil Oath in France at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius06/p6charit.htm; Other readings on the French revolution at the course site; Vidmar, 204–276

B
10 The Church in the long nineteenth century

Revolution, Ideology, economy

 

Gregory XVI, Mirari vos at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Greg16/g16mirar.htm; Pius IX, Quanta cura at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius09/p9quanta.htm; Leo XIII, Rerum novarum at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Leo13/l13rerum.htm; Vidmar, 276–307

 

A X
11 The Church through the World Wars to 1950

Conflict and pastoral care, new partnerships

 

Read Vidmar 258–345

Benedict XV, Ad beatissimi apostolorum, at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Ben15/b15adbea.htm; Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius11/P11BRENN.HTM; Pius XII, Mystici corporis Christi at http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius12/P12MYSTI.HTM; Vidmar, 307–345

 

B Call
12 The Contemporary Church

Vatican II, the Cold War, the postmodern order

Readings to be posted to Populi

 

Gaudium et Spes at http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_cons_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html; John Paul II, Christifideles laici at http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_30121988_christifideles-laici.html

 

Final Exam AB: Final Paper Uploaded Online Test

 







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