MPP1071 - Examining Our Christian Heritage I
A survey course from a Wesleyan perspective that traces the social forces (sacred and secular) contributing to the development of Western civilization in global context from the Hellenistic period (1000 BC) to the Reformation era. The study of key events, ideas, personalities, and movements that have contributed to the major periods of history and the passages between them increases students' understanding of and appreciation for God's redemptive purposes. Students are enabled to build bridges from historical understanding to personal spiritual formation, the role of the church in society, and contemporary ministry.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the general storyline of the history of the West and Christianity.
- Understand key cultural and philosophical developments and their influence on Western Civilization.
- Describe the relationship between the Christian Church and culture.
- Think critically about Western History.
- Connect their ministry context to an understanding of history of the West and Christianity.
- Develop an appreciation of the Wesleyan perspective of Western Civilization.
The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: United States of America Edition, 2006 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:
- Ability to describe the impact of the historical background of the New Testament on the message of Jesus and Paul.(CN-12)
- Ability to describe the general story line of Church History and the development of the major doctrines and creeds.(CN-24)
- Ability to identify and describe the significance of the major figures, themes, and events of the: Patristic, Medieval, Reformation, Puritan, Pietist, Wesleyan, and Modern periods of Church History.(CN-25)
- Ability to describe how the church implemented its mission in the various periods of Church History.(CN-26)
- Ability to describe and interpret the relationship between culture and individual behavior.(CX-5)
- Ability to understand, appreciate, and work sensitively to explain the nature of cultures and sub-cultures.(CX-6)
It is recommended that the following modules be taken before taking this module: Telling the Old Testament Story of God, Telling the New Testament Story of God, Communicating with Spoken and Written Language.