Church History

The study of history today is often downgraded, or even ignored, either because of the supposed impossibility of doing history at all or because any lessons which might be learned from history are relativised into irrelevance. Such ideas should be anathema to the Christian, whose very faith is built upon historical fact.

The study of church history adds weight and significance to the understanding of theology, as the student examines how previous generations addressed issues of doctrine or practice which still surface today. It also encourages, warns and inspires, as we enter into the labours of those who have preceded us.

The course is divided into four parts:

  • early church history to 451 AD
  • the medieval period
  • the Reformation to the rise of Nonconformity
  • the Evangelical Revival to the present day