History of Christianity I (developed by Tyndale Seminary)

Long before 1500, global Christianity had stretched from Iceland and Ireland to Mongolia and south to Ethiopia. Across this vast area, people of faith confronted dramatically differing and constantly changing circumstances. They made decisions about culture, political power, the spiritual life, doctrine, and the canon of Scripture. These decisions shaped the flow of human history , and they experienced both success and loss on the grand scale. This course follows their story. The narrative of the course and the readings from materials they wrote carries students into the dynamism of early Christian life.


James Robertson received his Ph.D. from McMaster Divinity College and has been teaching at Tyndale Seminary since 2014. A trained historian, Dr. Robertson has published numerous articles on topics related to cultural studies, war and peace, Canadian history, the Crusades and theology, and is currently completing his first book on religion in The War of 1812. He pastors two churches, is married to a woman way too good for him, and is the proud father of four boys.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the overarching chronology of the development of Christian thought from the time of Jesus up to the early days of the Protestant Reformation
  • Be able to name some of the more prominent men and women in Christian history as well as explain why such people are prominent
  • Understand the relevance of historical research and understanding in light of contemporary issues. The student should be able to access the wisdom from the ages in order to help him/her in his/her own life.
  • Explain the cultural and political settings of some of the major developments in Christian theology
  • The student will learn how to conduct a historical research paper. Included in this will be the ability to access resources, utilize primary and secondary source documents, write critically based on research and analyze and interpret data in meaningful and relevant ways.
  • Understand better his/her own traditions and beliefs (both corporately and as an individual) and work through some of the elements of belief on a personal level based on his/her increased understanding of the history of such beliefs
  • Will interact with members of other faith communities in order to observe and comment from an educated and gracious perspective

Course Dates

Tuesdays for 12 weeks beginning September 26 and ending December 12.
Classes run from 7:00-9:00pm each evening here at North Park.


Audit Only (sit-in): $225
Certificate of Completion: $425

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