In this three-course bundle, you will be introduced to the remarkable people, events, and ideas that shaped the church and world over the last two thousand years, with particular attention to the dramatic changes that took place during the Reformation five hundred years ago. Dr. Frank A. James provides a panorama view of church history, from the early church to the present, over two courses. In CH101 Introducing Church History I: Obscurity to Christendom, he examines the church’s inception and surveys its progress through the Middle Ages, highlighting themes such as persecution, controversy, and reform. In CH102 Introducing Church History II: Reformation to Postmodernism James reviews the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and then considers various movements of the church through the modern period, including the Great Awakening and the advancement of Liberation, Black, and feminist theologies. Zooming in one of the most turbulent eras for the church, Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt, in CH221 Milestones of the Protestant Reformation, focuses on the complexities of the Reformation, demonstrating that the heart and intention of the Reformation was restoration, not division.
Dr. Frank A. James III brings his passion for understanding Christian faith throughout history, combined with 30 years of research and teaching experience, to bear on this two-course Church History bundle. With doctoral degrees in both theology and history, Dr. James is uniquely poised to help you better understand and trace the arc of Christian thought from its earliest days to its 21st century global presence.
Dr. James is president of Biblical Theological Seminary in the Philadelphia suburb of Hatfield, PA. Prior to taking his current post, he taught and served as president at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and served as provost and taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Additionally, he has been on the teaching faculties of Villanova University and Westmont College, and was a visiting professor at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University.
A Texas native, Dr. James holds a DPhil in history from Oxford University and a PhD in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is married to author Carolyn Custis James.
Jennifer Powell McNutt is associate professor of theology and history of Christianity at Wheaton College and a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Dr. McNutt received her PhD in history from the Reformation Studies Institute at the University of St Andrews, and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the degree coordinator of the MA in History of Christianity program at Wheaton, and was the 2013 recipient of Wheaton’s Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. Dr. McNutt specializes in the history of the Reformed church and clergy from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Due to her original archival research, she was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2014. Currently she is working on her second monograph, which will explore the history of the French Bible from the early modern period through the Enlightenment. In support of that research, Dr. McNutt has received The Huntington Library Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship, The Huntington Trinity Hall Exchange Fellowship, Wheaton’s Faculty Global Research Award, and Wheaton’s Alumni Association Grant. She wrote Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798 (Ashgate Publishing Company, 2014) which received the American Society of Church History Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize. She is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of the Bible and the Reformation with Dr. Herman Selderhuis, and her work has appeared in Christianity Today and Leadership Journal online.