Introduction to Church History:
The Early Church, Middle Ages, Renaissance


Semester 1, 2020
Tuesday 2.00pm — 5.00pm

A survey unit at introductory level which covers the areas of the Early Church, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This course will include a study of the major movements within the church and society and how they have influenced current church practices, focusing in a special way on the developments during the first five centuries of Christianity while also considering the shaping of the Church from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. In this context it will also consider the significant developments of theology during this period.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March




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


  • four 250-word document studies or historical ‘Question and Answer’ tasks 4 x 5%
  • one 2,000-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%


  • Blainey, Geoffrey. A Short History of Christianity. Camberwell: Viking, 2011.
  • Bokenkotter, Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. Rev. ed. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
  • Buckley, James J., Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, and Trent Pomplun, eds. The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism. Blackwell Companions to Religion. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Chadwick, Owen. A History of Christianity. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1995.
  • Coakley, John W., and Andreas Sterk, eds. Readings in World Christian History. Vol. 1, Earliest Christianity to 1453. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004. 
  • Comby, Jean. How to Read Church History. Vol. 1, From the Beginning to the Fifteenth Century. London: SCM, 1985.
  • Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity. Vol. 1, The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. 2nd ed. New York: Harper Collins, 2010.
  • MacCulloch, Diarmaid. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. London: Allen Lane, 2009.
  • Tanner, Norman. New Short History of the Catholic Church. London: Burns & Oates, 2011.