CH101 Introducing Church History I: Obscurity to Christendom

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Beginning with the aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, CH101 covers the story of Christianity up to the 15th century. Dr. James unravels the distinct thought and persecution of the early Christians, as well as the key historical turning points that would result in the formation of doctrines such as the doctrine of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity. This course introduces you to the important work of Augustine, who responded to the Donatists and Pelagius in a way that would have lasting marks on the church. Dr. James traces the historical context of the rise of the papacy; the violence of the first Crusades and their lingering effects; and the rise of medieval scholasticism, particularly in the work of Thomas Aquinas. This course concludes with an explanation of the Great Schism of the 14th century and the early reform attempts by John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, which paved the way for the Protestant Reformation.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

5m

Contours of the Early Church

Expansion of the Early Church

Expansion of the Early Church

5m

Persecution in the Early Church

Historical Context and Pagan Perceptions of Christians

Historical Context and Pagan Perceptions of Christians

11m

Theological Diversions in the Early Church

Judaizing Christians

Judaizing Christians

4m

Canon and Trinity

Formation of the New Testament Canon: Part 1

Formation of the New Testament Canon: Part 1

9m

Christology

Apollinaris

Apollinaris

7m

Aurelius Augustine

Gateway to the Medieval Church

Gateway to the Medieval Church

6m

The Rise of the Papacy

Leo I

Leo I

9m

The Crusades

The First Crusades

The First Crusades

11m

Medieval Scholasticism

The Rise of Scholasticism

The Rise of Scholasticism

4m

Late Medieval Maelstrom

European Crises and the Babylonian Captivity

European Crises and the Babylonian Captivity

4m

Conclusion

“Saints” and Sinners

“Saints” and Sinners

4m