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Mobile Ed: Church History Bundle (2 courses)
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Mobile Ed: Church History Bundle (2 courses)


Lexham Press 2016

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How did the earliest Christians think about their faith, and how has that same faith produced the contemporary church? The history of Christianity is a story of ordinary people whose lives have been radically impacted by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This is a dramatic story filled with heroic achievements as well as human frailty. By studying Christianity’s development from its earliest beginnings, we can live more faithfully into the unique needs of the 21st century.

In CH101 Introducing Church History I: Obscurity to Christendom, Dr. Frank A. James III covers the story of Christianity up to the Middle Ages. Beginning with the first Christians, Dr. James navigates the historical and theological turning points that led to the development of Christian doctrine, the rise of the papacy, the Crusades, and the beginning of church reform.

CH102 Introducing Church History II: Reformation to Postmodernism begins with the Reformation in its many forms: Martin Luther, the Swiss Reformation, the so-called Radical Reformers, and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Dr. James then traces the post-Reformation church through the development of Arminianism, Puritanism, and the Great Awakening, concluding with a detailed look at the modern church.

Both of these courses are fully integrated into your existing Logos Bible Software, taking your studies and learning experience to new levels.

Individual Courses

CH101 Introducing Church History I: Obscurity to Christendom

  • Instructor: Frank A. James III
  • Video hours: 6

Beginning with the aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, CH101 covers the story of Christianity up to the 15th century. Dr. James unravels the distinct thought and persecution of the early Christians, as well as the key historical turning points that would result in the formation of doctrines such as the doctrine of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity.

This course introduces you to the important work of Augustine, who responded to the Donatists and Pelagius in a way that would have lasting marks on the church. Dr. James traces the historical context of the rise of the papacy; the violence of the first Crusades and their lingering effects; and the rise of medieval scholasticism, particularly in the work of Thomas Aquinas. This course concludes with an explanation of the Great Schism of the 14th century and the early reform attempts by John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, which paved the way for the Protestant Reformation.


  • Contours of the Early Church
  • Persecution of the Early Church
  • Theological Divisions in the Early Church
  • Theological Turning Points: NT Canon, Marcion, the Trinity and Chalcedon
  • Augustine’s Life and Work (against Donatism and Pelagianism)
  • Rise of the Papacy
  • Crusades
  • Medieval Scholasticism
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Late Medieval Maelstrom: The Great Schism and Early Reform Attempts

CH102 Introducing Church History II: Reformation to Postmodernism

  • Instructor: Frank A. James III
  • Video hours: 7

If you’ve ever wished you knew more about the events of the Protestant Reformation and how the Reformation produced the contemporary Protestant church, CH102 is for you. This course dispels popular misconceptions of Martin Luther’s intentions, and it provides a close look at Luther’s call from God which led him out of the monastery, his teaching on sola fide, and his eventual excommunication. Dr. James teaches you how to distinguish between Luther, the Swiss Reformers (including John Calvin, the “accidental reformer”), and the so-called Radical Reformers. He also provides a helpful explanation of the Council of Trent, the formation of the Jesuits, and the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

Dr. James then helps you navigate the historical and theological developments that led to Arminianism, English Puritanism, and Puritanism in New England. Learn how the spiritual decline in England led to John Wesley’s Methodism, the English Revival, and the Great Awakening in America, and get an in-depth look at Christianity in the modern era. After this course, you will be able to articulate how even through all of the twists and turns of the past 2,000 years, God is still working in the modern church.


  • Luther’s Reformation
  • The Swiss Reformation
  • Radical Reformation
  • Catholic Counter-Reformation
  • Arminianism
  • English Puritanism: Context and Cause
  • New England Puritanism
  • Methodism: John Wesley, English Spiritual Decline, and Moravian Influence
  • The Great Awakening
  • The Modern Church
  • Protestant Liberalism
  • Liberation Theologies
  • Black and Feminist Theologies
  • American Evangelicalism and Neo-Evangelicalism
  • The Rise of Global Pentecostalism

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About Frank A. James III

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.

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Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.