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Course module: U10104-B-6
Introduction to the History of Church and TheologyIntroduction to the History of Church an
Course info
Course moduleU10104-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Biblical Sciences/Church History; Biblical Science and Church History;
Is part of
B Theology
Contact persondr. K. Schelkens
dr. K. Schelkens
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Coordinator course
dr. K. Schelkens
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
This course offers an introductory survey of two millennia of Christian developments, starting with the origins and background of the Christian tradition, discussing its spread and socio-political integration during the patristic era, its central role in the structuring of the medieval world, the challenges it faced during the Reformation and with the rise of Modernity, and its history during the subsequent era of the Restoration, up to the Second Vatican Council in the mid-twentieth century. 

Given that the course aims at giving students a broad orientation in the context of a wider curriculum in Catholic theology, the emphasis is on the development of the Catholic part of Christendom.

The survey presented is informed by a historical-contextual approach: the doctrines and structures of the Catholic church are studied and understood within their historical context and in confrontation with other major developments. The course aims to integrate the institutional history of the church with the history of theological ideas, and to connect these with the political and legal developments that shaped each historical phase.

Upon completion of the course, students will have acquired basic knowledge of the main currents of thought and of major protagonists in Western church history, and will be able to compare theological and societal currents across historical periods.
The course consists of twelve sessions, during which a chronological survey of twenty centuries is gradually presented. This overview integrates institutional and doctrinal evolutions with political and social change. The course is built around the following axis:
1. Pauline Christianity and the Hellenistic environment
2. Christianity under the Roman Empire: apologetics, spread, persecutions
3. Late Antique Christianity: doctrinal debates, the emergence of Latin patristics, the fall of the Western Roman Empire
4. Early Medieval society:  the rise of Frankish Empires and the restructuring of Christendom
5. Medieval Reforms and the separation of Eastern and Western Christianity
6. The Late Middle Ages: Scholasticism and Western divisions
7. Sixteenth-Century Reforms: Augustinianism, Humanism, Protestant Reformation
8. The Jansenist Crisis and the Gallican Church
9. The Challenge of Modernity: Enlightenment Thought and the Clash between Faith and Reason
10. Nineteenth-Century Restoration and the Roman Question
11. Cross-currents in Early Twentieth-Century Catholicism
12. The Reforms of the Second Vatican Council
Timetable information
U10104-B-6|History of Church and Theology (Intro)
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1108-01-2019
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1202-04-2019
Required materials
Recommended materials
Required reading Students are not required to purchase any course materials. A full syllabus will be made available on the Blackboard forum, and PowerPoint presentations will also be accessible to students. Recommended reading 1. J. Hitchcock, Hist

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