The Church Takes Shape: A Study of Church History Teachers Guide Lutheran High School Religion Series

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Study events that have shaped the Church including the Crusades and the Reformation.
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This high school level course presents highlights of the activities of God's church from the time of Augustine until today.  Students will see how human sinfulness caused people to turn to their own way, but again and again God brought them back to His way. This course includes sessions on the Crusades, the Reformation, the rationalism/pietism struggle, the influence of millennialism, the advent of Christianity in America, and the development of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Includes 45 sessions.

In addition to the Teacher Guide, you will need a copy of the Student Book, a Bible, and a copy of the Augsburg Confession.

The content covered in the course is divided into five units.

Unit 1: Power Plays in the Early Centuries

  • The Gospel, the Power of God
  • Augustine’s City of God and Its Consequences
  • Islam and Iconoclasm
  • Monasticism: Escape from or to Reality?
  • The Papacy: The Peak of Power
  • The Crusades: “God Wills It”?
  • Schism, Seven Sacraments, and Scholasticism
  • The Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Early Reformers
  • Reformation Eve: East and West

Unit 2: The Reformation Era

  • Luther’s Early Life
  • Luther: Monk and Priest
  • Indulgences and Theses
  • Luther the Writer
  • Other Reformers
  • Luther and His Family
  • Zwingli and Calvin
  • The Reformation Spreads
  • The Formula of Concord

Unit 3: Christianity after the Reformation

  • Pietism
  • Methodism, Rationalism, and Deism
  • Christians Come to America
  • Religious Revivals in Early America
  • 19th-Century Mission Activities
  • The Church and Social Issues
  • 19th-Century Threats to Christianity
  • Fundamentalists Battle Evolutionism

Unit 4: Christianity in the 20th Century

  • Lutherans Come to America
  • Growth of the Missouri Synod
  • Kierkegaard, Barth, and Lewis
  • Vatican II
  • Historical Criticism
  • Church Unions
  • The Charismatic Movement
  • The Television Evangelists
  • The New Evangelicals

Unit 5: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Today

  • Doctrinal Controversy in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
  • Mission Activities of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
  • Training Professional Church Worker in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
  • Social Ministry in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod


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