This course shall address the history of Christianity from the 5th
century CE to the present day. It includes the Church and Roman
government, the development of the papacy, the Reformation and its
leaders, The Catholic Reformation, The Council of Trent, Wesley and
Methodism, Jansenism, the French Revolution, developments in the
Americas, Pius IX and Italian Unification, Leo XIII, Modernism, The
First Vatican Council, John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, John
Paul II and New Evangelization, Ecumenism. It will begin with the use of
history in theology.
A survey of the history of the various faith traditions within the economic and multicultural realities of a developing “American” identity, from colonial times to the present. While a primary focus is upon the Catholic Church in the U.S., including the presence of various Catholic ethnic groups, especially the Irish and Hispanic, there is also consideration of the place and displacement of the first native peoples and their religions, the predominant role and diversity of Protestantism, the emergent Black Church in the U.S., and the presence of non-Christian religions.