Christian Education 11—History of the Catholic Church

 

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1) Notes (copyright, 2004)

All the notes below contain the material that was covered in the lecture.  All links are Word documents, copyright 2004.

Direct references to the CISVA Christian Education 11 curriculum can be seen [in italics between brackets under each lesson].

 

à Focus of the year’s curriculum—if you understand the following concepts, you will do well in this course.

  1. Christian Witness: Acts 1:8—how well were the people we are studying performing the mission Jesus left the Church to be “witnesses to [him]…even to the ends of the earth.”
  2. Primacy of Peter: Mt. 16: 18—how the Primacy of Peter was demonstrated, used, and abused throughout the history of the Church.
  3. Church-State relations (Lk. 20:25)—how the Church interacted and counteracted the nation-states throughout history.
  4. Religion-Science relations (Mk. 4: 21)—how the Church reacted well or badly to scientific and technological developments

 

 

Unit I: The Apostolic Age (AD 30-70)

Focus: the early years of the Church under the leadership of the Apostles                                                   

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Unit II: The Age of Martyrs (AD 70-313)

Focus: why the Romans persecuted the Christians, and how the Church responded

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Unit III: The Age of Heresies (AD 313-476)

Focus: how heresy affected the Church, and how the Church responded

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Unit IV: The Age of Barbarians and Monks (AD 476-1085)

Focus: the Church’s reaction to the chaos occurring after the fall of the Roman Empire

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Unit V: The High Middle Ages (AD 1085-1300)

Focus: the growing influence of the Church on society

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Unit VI: The Age of Renaissance and Reformation (+/- AD 1300-1600)

Focus: the influence of Humanism and the division of Christendom

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Unit VII: The Age of Enlightenment (+/- AD 1600-1800)

Focus: the impact Rationalism and Nationalism on the Church in the 18th c. and today

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Unit VIII: The Church in the Modern Age (+/- 1800-Present Day)

Focus: the Church’s place in the 20th and 21st centuries

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2) CHIs

à What is a CHI??  Click here to find out.

 

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Semester One

- CHI #1: Do you consider the “Fullness of Time” Theory a legitimate historical theory?  Explain why or why not.  This is due for all 5 blocks on Tuesday, September 24th.

- CHI #2: Paul’s journeys.

Select one of the journeys of Paul. 

In your picture description, make sure you include who the Apostles were, where they went, and whom they were trying to convert.

In your paragraph, describe how successful this journey was, and be sure to include biblical citations. 

Choose from the following passages:

  • Acts 16: 1-40
  • Acts 17: 1 to Acts 18: 12
  • Acts 18: 18 to Acts 19: 40
  • Acts 20: 1 to Acts 21: 14

This is due for all 3 blocks on Tuesday, October 8th.

- CHI #3: Select a martyr who died between the years AD 65 to 313; it cannot be one of the original 12 Apostles or a martyr covered in class.

In your picture description, show how this martyr died.  In your paragraph, describe how this martyr followed Jesus’ instructions from Acts 1: 8.

This is due on Wednesday, October 30th.

- CHI #4: Describe the contributions of monasticism to society after the fall of the Roman Empire in the West.  The recommended due date is Thursday, November 21st.   

- CHI #5: Explain the concept of “Christendom”, and how would this ideally work?  The recommended due date Monday, December 2nd

 

Optional Bonus CHIs for Semester One [due Friday, December 13th]

-CHI # α [alpha]: Select a heresy, show what it taught, and show how the Church fought it.

-CHI # β [beta]: Describe one of our little soap operas and its influence on the history of the Church.  You can choose As the Toga Turns, Gossip Popes, or Canossa: Emperor-in-a Sackcloth.

à The bonus CHIs rules:

Note 1: anyone enjoying a mark of 90% + is banned from doing a bonus CHI.

Note 2: Bonus CHIs can only be done by students without an “N” on their mark report i.e. all missing assignments must be turned in first.

 

Semester Two

- CHI #6: Explain the differences between Catholic belief and Protestant belief.  For those of you who like primary sources, explain the difference between the Augburg Confessions (1530) and the declarations from the Council of Trent (1545-63).  This is due Monday, March 9th.

- CHI #7: The Galileo Case: in what sense was it the Church’s fault, and in what sense was it Galileo’s fault?  This is due Monday, April 20th. 

- CHI #8: What is secular nationalism, and how did it attack the Church?  This is due Tuesday, May 5th.

- CHI #9: Did Pius XII do enough to help the Jews during WWII?  This is due Thursday, May 28th.

- CHI #10: Explain the significance of the Second Vatican Council.  This is due Wednesday, June 3rd.

 

 

Optional bonus CHIs for Semester Two [due Wednesday, June 3rd]

- CHI # γ [gamma]: How did Benedict XV fight the secular nationalism of World War I, and why was he unsuccessful?  This is an optional bonus CHI.

- CHI # δ [delta]: What do you think is the Church’s most pressing challenge in the 21st century?  This is an optional bonus CHI.

- CHI #: ε [epsilon]: Select any saint after the Age of Martyrs (i.e., after the year AD 313), and show how s/he followed Christ’s instructions of being witnesses to him to the ends of the earth (Acts 1: 8). It cannot be someone we’ve formally studied.

- CHI # ζ [zeta]: Describe the impact of the Mendicant Order on the history of the Catholic Church.  Use a specific Mendicant as an example except for St. Francis of Assisi or St. Dominic Guzman.

- CHI # η [eta]: Describe the impact of the Jesuit Order on the history of the Catholic Church.  Use a specific Jesuit as an example except for St. Ignatius of Loyola.

- CHI # θ [theta]: Show how a scientist like Georges Lemaître or Gregor Mendel are perfect examples of Mk. 4:21.

Note 1: anyone enjoying a mark of 90% + is banned from doing a bonus CHI.

Note 2: Bonus CHIs can only be done by students without an “N” on their mark report i.e. all missing assignments must be turned in first.  This includes Service Hours.

 

3) Other stuff

- Curious as to why you got 3.5 out of 5 on your last assignment?  Click here to see the marking rubric (5 mark scale—double it if the assignment is out of 10). 

 

 

 

 

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