Church HistoryIntermediate Level Certificate
The Intermediate Level Church History track is designed to provide the student with a solid understanding of the major events in the history of the church with a focus on the Reformation period.
The Intermediate Level track consists of twelve courses that can be completed in a nine to twelve-month period. Although students may take longer to complete the courses if they wish, the courses are designed so that the student may finish one course per month and earn the Certificate in one year.
After registration, the student will be assigned a tutor to answer questions that may arise from the required reading and who will evaluate the student's coursework. An online forum will also be provided. The forum will provide a place for students in the Intermediate Level Church History track to submit questions to the tutor and to discuss course related issues with other students registered for the same track.
The following are the courses for the Intermediate Level Certificate in Church History:
1. The Apostolic Age
2. The Early Church to Constantine
3. Early Heresies and the Ecumenical Councils
4. The Medieval Church
5. Martin Luther and the German Reformation
6. The Radical Reformation
7. John Calvin
8. The English Reformation
10. The Church in the New World
11. A History of the Presbyterian Churches in America
12. The Church in the Modern Era
Each of the twelve courses in the Intermediate Level Church History track requires some reading. In order to benefit from the reading, the student is required to keep a reading journal, which is to be submitted to the tutor after completing the final course. The reading journal must be typed. For each required text, the student is to include the following information:
1. State the author and title of the book (If the reading requirement is only part of a book, state the author and title of the book from which the reading assignment is taken).
2. In no less than 25 and no more than 50 words, state what the book is about. In other words, what is the subject matter of the book, and how does the author present the material?
3. In no less than 150 and no more than 200 words, summarize how the book has contributed to your knowledge of church history. What were the major events covered? Who were the major antagonists discussed? Were any important theological issues discussed?
4. In no less than 25 and no more than 50 words, state whether you think the author accurately and adequately handled the historical evidence.
5. In no less than 25 and no more than 50 words, state what difference reading this book has made in your life.