Church History

  • STH TH 861: Wittenberg
  • STH TH 869: Religious History of Boston
    The Greater Boston area contains one of the richest historical legacies in the United States. This course examines distinctive aspects of that historical legacy, by focusing upon the religious history of Boston. The course will include selected visits to specific Boston area historical sites.
  • STH TH 870: Calvin and the Reformed Tradition
    On this eve of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, we will accomplish two things in this course. (1) We will read from Calvin in translation from his Institutes, treatises, polemical writings, and letters, and (2) we will analyze contemporary historical and theological writings on him and his era. Students will be able to read and write on any subject within the Reformed tradition that interests them from the 16th century to contemporary topics in the present such as Presbyterianism, the United Church of Christ, Unitarianism, Puritanism (in England and New England),the Great Awakening, and the impact of the Reformed tradition on the worldwide Anglican churches and their denominational offshoots, such as Methodism.
  • STH TH 876: Martin Luther King, Jr.: Leadership in Context
    This interdisciplinary course will review the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as other leaders of the civil right movement in the United States. The course will investigate how historical contexts of Rev. Dr. Martin King, are related to pastroal traditions and prophetic ministry of community and church through correlated study. The emphasis on the role of a cohort of religious and community leaders who worked with King will be explored. Our examination of prophetic ministry during the Civil Rights era, will be oriented to issues of race, gender, class and social justice.
  • STH TH 893: Ecclesiastical Latin
    This course seeks to equip students to work with Biblical, patristic, medieval and Renaissance Latin texts in various forms. The course presupposes some basic familiarity with Classical Latin (at least through introductory self-study). After a quick review of Latin morphology and grammar, the course explores the development of Latin by Christian authors, including Latin translations of the Bible, the western church fathers, medieval monasticism, liturgy and hymns, sermons, scholastic theology, Renaissance humanism, and post-Reformation Latin texts. The course includes work in systems of abbreviation typical of medieval Latin manuscripts and early modern printed editions, some limited work in reading different medieval and early modern hands (paleography), and consideration of the pre- modern book as an object (codicology). Participants are encouraged to identify texts of their own interest to workshop together with the group.
  • STH TH 902: Christianity Beyond Early Modern Europe
    The course is dedicated to an in depth study of the reach of Christianity in the early modern period (c. 1450-c.1650). Our narrative follows the path of early modern Catholicism from fifteenth-century Europe, through the ascent of the Portuguese and Spanish seaborne empires, and examines the role of the missionary religious orders in the processes of Christianization and inculturation.
  • STH TH 905: Ldrshp & Bio
  • STH TH 910: Seminar in World Christianity and Mission History
    A seminar in the history of Christian missions, from the early church to the present. Issues of historiography, method, and the emergence of non-western church history. Required course for doctoral students in mission studies.
  • STH TH 915: Radical Christian Spiritualities (DMin)
    The present course is an overview of radical forms of Christian spirituality. It takes a historical approach to the study of eight expressions of radical Christian spirituality and relates them to the notion of transformative leadership. The aim of the course is to equip students with methodological tools for the historical examination and appropriation of spiritual practices. Its narrative parallels the diachronic development of global Christianity from the sixteenth to the closing decades of the twenty-first century. It is prefaced with an introduction to the historical-critical study of spiritual practices. It will examine the meaning of radicalism as a highly contextualized historical construct, a modality of practicing faith, and a contemporary sociological category. The course then examines eight expressions of Christian radicalism, namely: Swiss Anabaptism, Diggers, Quakers, Christian Anarchism, the Catholic Worker Movement, African-American Liberation, Latin-American and 2/3 Worlds Liberation, and the Sanctuary and New Sanctuary Movement. Special attention will be given to spiritual practices articulated as an expression of Christian non-violence, anti-militarism, and anti-imperialism. Movements and figures considered include Thomas M?ntzer (1490- 1525), Andreas Rudolf Bodenstein von Karlstadt (c. 1480-1541), Gerrard Winstanley (1609- 1676), Margaret Fell (1614-1702), Nat Turner (1800-1831), Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922), Dorothy Day (1897-1980), Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), James H. Cone (1938-), and Jon Sobrino (1938-). While emphasis will be placed on the synchronic interpretation of practices, due attention will also be given to their development over time.?
  • STH TH 920: History of American Theological Liberalism
    American Theological Liberalism is a doctoral-level seminar that provides an overview into the historical and theological development of liberal theology in the United States. Through reading a variety of primary and secondary sources, the course is designed to provide students an historical and theological overview into the development of liberalism and assess the ongoing significance of theological liberalism in church and society today.
  • STH TH 924: Gender and the Reformations
    Examination of the participation of women in the reformations of the sixteenth century and the effect of theological and ecclesiastical changes on women and gender roles in early modern society. Topics include marriage, childbirth, household management, education, authorship, exercise of power, and cloistered life amid the different confessional movements of the early modern period.
  • STH TH 925: The Bible in the Reformation
    Examination of the role of the Bible in the reformations of the sixteenth century, including the development and divergence of Reformation hermeneutics in late medieval and Renaissance context. Special attention will be given to the vernacular translation and popular presentation of the Bible in the sixteenth century press and pulpit.
  • STH TH 927: Early Modern Piety
    The literature and practice of Christian devotion between the Reformation and Pietism, in national and confessional contexts within Early Modern society. Catechisms, hymnals and prayerbooks in production, distribution, and use. Special attention to the relation between theology and forms of devotion, public and domestic piety, and to the devotional roles of women and children.
  • STH TH 930: History of Missiology
    Seminar on the classic Protestant mission theorists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • STH TH 971: Seminar: Luther and the Radical Reformers
    Historical-social contexts, theologies, and effects of the history of the church from the Reformation to the present.