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Here is a course description and a list of the topics covered in this course.
Course Description (taken from the Worldwide Classroom site):
A study of Christianity from the Early Church to the dawn of the Reformation, with source material readings. This course places an emphasis on the application of church history to life and ministry and helps the student to understand the development of Christian thought and the formulation of doctrine as part of God’s overall pattern of history. This course is taught by David Calhoun.
Lesson 1: The Study of Church History
Lesson 2: The Growth of the Christian Church
Lesson 3: The Persecutions
Lesson 4: The Apologists
Lesson 5: Orthodoxy and Heresy
Lesson 6: Canon, Creed, and Bishops
Lesson 7: The Early Church Fathers
Lesson 8: The People of the Early Church
Lesson 9: The Church in the Fourth Century
Lesson 10: The Beginnings of Monasticism
Lesson 11: Donatism
Lesson 12: The Council of Nicea
Lesson 13: Cappadocians and Constantinople
Lesson 14: Ambrose, Jerome, and Chrysostom
Lesson 15: Augustine’s Confessions
Lesson 16: Augustine and the Pelagian Controversy
Lesson 17: Augustine’s Theology of History
Lesson 18: The Council of Chalcedon
Lesson 19: The Early Middle Ages
Lesson 20: Medieval Missions
Lesson 21: The Christianization of Great Britain
Lesson 22: Learning and Theology
Lesson 23: Eastern Orthodoxy
Lesson 24: The Late Middle Ages
Lesson 25: Medieval Monasticism
Lesson 26: Crusades or Missions?
Lesson 27: The Waldensians
Lesson 28: Scholastic Theology
Lesson 29: Thomas Aquinas
Lesson 30: The Sacramental System
Lesson 31: Church and State
Lesson 32: Wycliffe and Hus
Lesson 33: Reform in Italy
Lesson 34: Mysticism and the Modern Devotion
Lesson 35: The Waning of the Middle Ages
Appendix A: Catholic World Missions
Appendix B: The Spread of the Western Church
Appendix C: The Spread of the Eastern Church
Appendix D: The 100 Most Important Dates in Church History
Martin Luther, a monk, came to realize that salvation was through grace alone by faith alone, and not by works. He posted his 95 theses on the Wittenburg Door and was tried as a heretic at the Diet of Worms, where he refused to recant his writings. It was there he said those famous words, “I cannot–I WILL NOT recant….Here I stand: I can do no other.”
Here is a clip of the Diet of Worms scene from the movie Luther.
Click the link below to hear an audio recording of what Martin Luther said at the Diet of Worms.
This podcast from Columbia, South Carolina First Presbyterian Church’s Thornwell Lecture Series includes sermons about The Life of John Calvin (from Dr. Mark Ross), William Tyndale (Rev. Iain Murray) and Martin Luther (Rev. Dr. John R. de Witt).
To hear this book, click play on the box below, or click on the chapter titles throughout this post.
Summary from Librivox:
Our Island Story was first published in 1905 and became an instant classic. Beginning with the Romans and following the triumphs and foibles of the good, not so good and the downright despicable figures of history; we are treated to a dazzling montage of kings, queens, barons, knights, explorers, movers and shakers that have played a key role in the history of England.
Marshall freely mixes folk tale with historical fact and in so doing paints a very vivid picture of the past in a style reminiscent of all that is finest in the children’s story-telling tradition. This is the second section of that work and will carry you from the convoluted and bloody Wars of the Roses up to the death of Queen Victoria and the resolution of the Boer War.
Please be advised that this book was written in the early years of the 20th century and there will be words and phrases used then, in all innocence, that are considered politically incorrect in this age. Itâ€™s perfectly fine for children to listen to but please ensure there is someone on hand who can explain these terms in a mature fashion.(Summary by Jim, for Librivox.org)
Christopher Columbus is shown landing in the West Indies, on an island that the natives called Guanahani and he named San Salvador, on October 12, 1492. He raises the royal banner, claiming the land for his Spanish patrons, and stands bareheaded, with his hat at his feet, in honor of the sacredness of the event. The captains of the Nina and Pinta follow, carrying the banner of Ferdinand and Isabella. The crew displays a range of emotions, some searching for gold in the sand. Natives watch from behind a tree. John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) had studied with Gilbert Stuart and was the first American painter to be trained in Paris, where he worked on this canvas for ten years with the help of assistants.
Summary: One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, As You Like It is a pastoral comedy of mistaken identity, wit, and love. Daughter of a banished duke and forced to flee the court, Rosalind hides in the Forest of Arden disguised as a man. When her true love Orlando also shows up in the forest, she courts him without revealing her identity. Meanwhile, Phebe mistakenly falls in love with her disguise, Silvius pines for Phebe, Jacques philosophizes, and Touchstone makes fun of it all, and love and happiness triumph (for the most part) as Rosalind orchestrates a happy ending amid the confusion. (Summary by Rosalind Wills for Librivox)