Here are the knowledge, skill, and attitude objectives and the core curriculum for those who wish to pursue the full S.T.M. (32 credits) or a certificate (16 credits) in the area of Church History.
Knowledge, Skill, and Attitude Objectives
- The student will have a deepened understanding that behind all of history is God’s undying desire for the salvation of eternal souls in Christ Jesus.
- The student will be able to display a keen grasp of how the errors of the past in the visible church are being repackaged and recycled in the present in the visible church.
- The student will develop skills to research and evaluate primary sources in their historical context in order to identify their continuing significance for good or ill on the visible church. The following primary sources are of special importance:
- Early fathers of the Christian church
- Medieval Christianity
- Luther and the Reformers
- Writings of Lutheran Orthodoxy
- Modern Christian writers
- Writings of 19th and 20th century Lutheranism
- The student will be able to display familiarity with the key Reformation and post-Reformation figures both within the Lutheran Church and without and explain their continuing impact for good or ill on the visible church, as well as their pastoral emphasis.
- The student will be able to identify key figures and pivotal events in each key epoch of the history of Lutheranism in America that he studies and explain their continuing impact on the proclamation of the truth.
- The student will grow in his appreciation for the heritage of confessional Lutheranism and how God throughout history continues to raise up champions of the truth.
- The student will display understanding of the origin, doctrines, and ongoing global impact of the major homegrown American religions (including Pentecostalism) and give evidence of being able to refute their errors clearly from Scripture.
- The student will give evidence of planning concrete ways to deepen the understanding of the history of Christ’s church of those he has been called to serve.
Regularly Repeating Core Courses
- History and Literature of the Intertestamental Period
- Readings in the Ante-Nicene Fathers
- Readings in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers
- History of Doctrine I (Apostolic Fathers through Council of Chalcedon)
- History of Doctrine II (Reformation and Post-Reformation)
- History of Doctrine III (Modern)
- Post-Reformation Lutheranism
- History of Lutheranism in America: 1940 – the Present
- America’s Homegrown Religions