Introduction to Church History:
Reformation, Asia and Modern

Foundational Unit

Rev. Dr Max Vodola
Semester 2, 2020
Tuesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

This survey unit examines the development of the Church from the time of the Reformation including the European missionary impulse to Asia. The unit traces the influence of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the development of Catholic Social Teaching. The unit examines the influence of Vatican I and Modernism on Catholic ecclesiology and the position of the papacy during the course of World War I which greatly shaped the Holy See’s role in international relations in the lead-up to the Second Vatican Council.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 5,000-word essay 60%
  • one 2-hour written documents examination (2,000 words) 40%


  • Bamji, Alexandra, Geert H. Janssen, and Mary Laven, eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. 
  • Bokenkotter, Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. Rev. ed. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
  • Brown, Stewart J., and Timothy Tackett, eds. Enlightenment, Reawakening and Revolution, 1660-1815. The Cambridge History of Christianity 7. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 
  • Buckley, James J., Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, and Trent Pomplun, eds. The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism. Blackwell’s Companions to Religion. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Chadwick, Owen. A History of Christianity. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1995.
  • Duffy, Eamon. Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes. 4th ed. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014. 
  • Holmes, J. Derek, and Bernard Bickers. A Short History of the Catholic Church. London: Burns & Oates, 2002. 
  • Hsia, R. Po-chia. A Companion to The Reformation World. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006. 
  • Jedin, Hubert, ed. The Church in the Modern World: An Abridgment of History of the Church: Volumes 7-10. Translated by John Dolan. History of the Church 3. New York: Crossroad, 1993. 
  • McManners, John, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.