In his journal following his conversion in 1738, John Wesley wrote, “I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Many hearts were “strangely warmed” in the 18th century, and the Evangelical Revival had a profound impact upon the Protestant community in the North Atlantic triangle and beyond. Beginning with the Wesleys and George Whitefield in Britain and Jonathan Edwards in the United States, this course explores prominent themes, issues, and personalities in the history of the early modern and modern evangelical movements.
HIS 761 The Patristic Fathers (3)
Luke, the New Testament historian, sought to write an orderly account of the early church so that he might instruct Theophilus in the historical reliability of the Christian faith. This course begins where Luke left off and provides an introduction to some of the key issues, events, and personalities of the early church up to the Council of Chalcedon (451 CE), including formative issues in biblical interpretation, the development of an orthodox faith, church-state relations, and the seminal work of the early church fathers.
HIS 763 The Reformation Era (3)
The 16th century witnessed a series of religious revolutions that permanently altered the spiritual and material condition of Europe and beyond. This course provides an introduction to the onset and character of these revolutions, with particular attention given to the intellectual, political, and social consequences and legacies emerging from this formative era.
HIS 767 History of Christianity in Canada (3)
Canada is sometimes regarded as a more secular version of its American neighbour. Henry Alline, the late eighteenth century Nova Scotian revivalist, would not have agreed, for he believed that while Old and New England were engaged in a “most inhuman war,” a great redeemer nation was emerging in his corner of British North America. This course examines Canada’s rich Christian heritage from the first European encounters with aboriginal peoples to contemporary times, with particular emphasis on the relationship between Christianity and the broad socio-political and intellectual history of the nation.
HIS 768 Studies in Christian Biography (3)
The Christian faith is replete with noteworthy life stories, some of which have come to be well-known. This course examines the concept of biography and involves the detailed study of a significant figure in the history of the faith. Course content varies from year to year.
HIS 771 Christian Unity: Historical, Theological, and Contemporary Considerations (3)
This course is designed to examine theoretical and practical issues related to Christian unity. Students will become familiar with various understandings of the church which inform how Christians relate to and cooperate with one another. They will consider specific historical contexts related to Christian unity including the formal ecumenical movement. Students will also examine practical efforts at Christian unity in their formal and informal, as well as regional and local, expressions.
Cross-listed: THEO 771 Christian Unity: Historical, Theological, and Contemporary Considerations
HIS 773 History and Theology of Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements (3)
The study of various Pentecostal, Charismatic, and related global “Movements of the Spirit.” Students will gain perspective on historical, theological and sociological matters, including issues ranging from primitivism, restorationism, and independence to institutionalization and ecumenism. Special consideration will be given to issues related to Pentecostalism in Canada.
Cross-listed: THEO 773 History and Theology of Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements
HIS 869 Church History Seminar (3)
Designed for more advanced students, this seminar examines a select topic in church history. Each student is expected to lead and participate in the seminar.