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    Saint Joseph's College: Online Programs
  Dec 14, 2017
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TH 312 - Church History II: Modern Catholicism

This course traces the disintegration of Western Catholic unity, the Reformation and the Catholic Reform, the difficulties posed by a post-Christian culture, and the transition from a European to a world church. Special attention is given to the reform movements of the twentieth century.

Prerequisites & Notes
TH 311

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 6 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board


Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • List the ways Church structures, especially the papacy and the episcopacy, evolved from the Middle Ages until the present. 
  • Identify some of the ways (theological, political, social, and educational) in which the Church responded to the growth of nation states and the rise of modernity. 
  • Trace in outline the evolving role of religious orders, especially the new congregations that were formed during the Catholic Reformation. 
  • Write a summary of the cultural and theological background issues surrounding the Reformation and the Church’s response, especially in the Council of Trent. 
  • Write a summary of the cultural and theological background issues surrounding the rise of the Enlightenment and the Church’s struggle to come to terms with Modernity. 
  • Use historical examples to illustrate the social and embodied nature of the Spirit-led Church as it extends the Incarnation of Christ in the world. 
  • Evaluate and consult online reference and primary source materials that provide details of topics in Church history that go beyond the introductory level.

Credits: 3

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