Church History 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day
Zondervan Academic

Church History 2: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day

This course traces the growth of the modern church within the cultural, intellectual, and political contexts of the surrounding world.

At a Glance

  • Introduction to the most important figures and ideas that shaped the church from just before the Reformation until modern times
  • Overview of key turning points in church history
  • Access to all course material—video lectures, readings, key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

Church history is the story of the greatest community the world has known and the greatest movement in world history. Yet just as the biblical record of the people of God is the story of a mixed people who display great acts of faith and great failures in sin and unfaithfulness, so is the history of the people who have made up the church through the ages similarly mixed.

In Church History: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day, scholars John D. Woodbridge and Frank A. James III recount the ups and downs, the triumphs and struggles, of the Christian movement. They offer a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed from the period just prior to the Reformation through the next five hundred-plus years. This course also looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church, detailing the times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church.

Primary attention is given to the history of Christianity in the West, but the course also covers developments in Africa, eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Course Outline

  1. European Christianity and Renaissance
  2. Luther’s Reformation
  3. Swiss Reformations, Radicals, and Rome
  4. Reformations in England and Refining the Reformation
  5. Christianity in an Age of Fear, Crisis, and Exploration; the Question of Authority
  6. Christianity Under Duress
  7. Christianity in the Age of Lights
  8. Christianity in an Age of Revolutions
  9. Adjusting to Modernization and Secularism
  10. Nineteenth-Century Christianity in the British Isles
  11. Christian Churches on the European Continent
  12. Global Christianity
  13. Modern Theological Trajectories
  14. Catholicism and Orthodoxy
  15. Contemporary American Evangelicalism; Christianity and Islam


About the Technology

Author & Instructor

Frank A. James III
Dr. Frank A. James III

PhD, Oxford
PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary

Frank A. James III is the president of Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of numerous works on the Reformation and has been a consultant and script writer for a historical documentary film series.

John Woodbridge
Dr. John Woodbridge

PhD, University of Toulouse, France

John Woodbridge is research professor of Church History and History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught since 1970. He was previously a senior editor of Christianity Today and is the author of Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal and coauthor of Letters Along the Way. He is the editor of Great Leaders of the Christian Church and coeditor of works including The Mark of Jesus. Woodbridge is the recipient of four Gold Medallion Awards.