Introduction to Church History:
Reformation, Asia and Modern


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 and the European missionary impulse to Asia till recent times. The unit traces the influence of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the rise of industrialism and the development of Catholic social teaching and examines the influence of Vatican I, Modernism, nationalism, the Church’s relation to European dictators and the two World Wars in the lead-up to the Second Vatican Council.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August




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


  • one 500-word seminar paper 10%
  • one 1,500-word essay 40%
  • one 2-hour written documents examination (2,000 words) 50%


  • 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. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Chadwick, Owen. A History of Christianity. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1995.
  • Comby, Jean. How to Read Church History. Vol. 1, From the Reformation to the Present Day. London: SCM, 1989.
  • Duffy, Eamon. Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes. 4th ed. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014. 
  • Harries, Richard, and Henry Mayr-Harting, eds. Christianity: Two Thousand Years. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Holmes, J. Derek, and Bernard Bickers. A Short History of the Catholic Church. London: Burns & Oates, 2002. 
  • McManners, John, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. 
  • Tanner, Norman. New Short History of the Catholic Church. London: Burns & Oates, 2011.