A Course Surveying the History of Christianity from the 1st Century A.D. to 1054
Rev. Gary Edwin Loy, D.D.
About Your Professor
Rev. Dr. Loy earned a B.A. magna cum laude in religion and history from High Point University and a M.A. in Christian doctrine and history from Regent University Divinity School. He was also granted honoris causa the degree Doctor of Divinity by World Christianship Ministries of Fresno, California. He is an ordained independent Christian minister by the authority of Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries of Hephzibah, Georgia and the pastor of New Westminster Online Church, a free-standing, nondenominational Christian church on the Internet.
This is a historical survey covering the history of Christianity up to 1054. The growth of the Christian church has taken place within a historical context. Over time, the Christian church has been influenced by the political, economic, socio-cultural, intellectual, and artistic movements of each epoch of world history and has in turn influenced those self-same historical epochs as well. The history of Christianity and world history are in many ways intertwined. With this in mind, we will engage in a historical journey that begins with the founding of the Christian church in the midst of the Roman Empire of the 1st century A.D. and continuing up to the break between Western and Eastern Christianity in The Great Schism of 1054.
Students are expected to read the lessons and answer the three questions I offer at the end of each lesson. I will establish a discussion thread for this course at the ULC Seminary website so that we can discuss the lesson topics and questions. This will also be a good chance for students to offer additional questions and/or comments pertaining to the subject matter of this course. A paper is required for this course. The topic for the paper can be about anyone or anything within this era of Christian history. Examples of topics would be things like “How the Roman Empire Facilitated the Spread of Christianity”, “The Patristic Fathers”, “Early Ecumenical Councils”, etc. The paper must be at least ten pages long. It must be in 12 pt. Times New Roman regular typeface and double-spaced. It must be well researched with footnotes and a bibliography.
The paper must conform to the 7th edition of Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Turabian is the standard writing manual used by historians. Standard spelling and English grammar will also be observed. Papers must be saved in MSWord format, and they must be e-mailed to the President of ULC Seminary with a copy also sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org because I would like to read them also. Please use the subject title “ULC Seminary Master of Christian History Paper” for your e-mail message. The course will not be considered complete without the submission of a paper!
In addition, submitted papers that do not have correct spelling and correct English grammar and/or do not conform to Turabian will have to be rewritten with the corrections and resubmitted before one can complete the course! If the paper is resubmitted, please designate in the subject title of your e-mail that it is a resubmission. I will be more than happy to help you as much as I possibly can.
UNIT ONE: CHRISTIANITY IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE TO AROUND A.D. 100