Department of Christian History
Available Classes


CH 101 The Most Ancient Church
Studies will commence with the beginnings of religion in the fertile crescent through the development of the Jewish Church.

CH 102 Mythology
An in-depth analysis of the mythology arising from the most ancient church and from other sources during the same time periods.

CH 103 The Pre-Christian Church
An analysis of the rise and development of Judaism up to the Christian era.

CH 104 The Early Christian Church
A history of the early Christian church from the beginning of the Christian era through the middle of the fourth century.

CH 105 The Inquisition and Heresy
This course is a continuation of the history of the early Christian Church which examines the early heresies through the Inquisition period.

CH 106 The Reformation
The reformation period following the inquisition up to the modern Church will be examined including the modern so-called heresies and division or break-up of the Roman Catholic Church.

CH 201 Contemporary Christian Religions
This course attempts to enumerate the various sects and branches of the Christian Church and ascertain the differences among them.

CH 201 Pre-Christian Mystery Religions
This course will examine the Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Syrian Mystery Religions to discover common elements and compare their approach with Christian theology and philosophy. Prerequisites: CH 103 and 104.

CH 202 Christian Sects and Cults
The student will examine cults and sects within the Christian faith as opposed to those from without which attack the Christian Church.

CH 203 History of Independent Catholicism
While the history of the Roman Catholic Church is fairly complete, even though written by the Roman Church itself, the history of the non-Roman Catholic Church is nebulous and difficult to ascertain. This course is an attempt to bring together a variety of writings to ascertain that history.

CH 204 Religious Orders and Christianity
The major religious orders within the Roman Catholic Church will be studied and their differences noted. A comparison will be made between these orders and other Christian orders both in modern society and the Early Church.

CH 205 Satanism and Anti-Christian Cults
An introduction to the philosophy and religion of Devil worshipers and cults opposed to the Christian religious practices and theology.

CH 301 The Masons and Religion
Freemasonry and its relationship to Christianity and earlier religions will be studied using a number of different approaches and sources.

CH 302 The Rosicrucian’s and Religion
Rosicrucianism and its relationship to Christianity and earlier religions will be studied using a number of different approaches and sources.

CH 303 The Mystery Cults and Christianity
The influence of the earlier Mystery Cults on Christianity will be analyzed in depth.

CH 304 Christian Gnosticism
Gnosticism within the Christian and Catholic Church will be studied using contemporary and ancient texts.

CH 370 Independent Study in Religion
The student is expected to pick a topic of interest to explore in detail.
Prerequisite: Approval by the Department.

CH 380 Independent Study in Church History
The student is expected to pick a topic of interest to explore in detail.
Prerequisite: Approval by the Department.

CH 390 Thesis in Christian History
The candidate will write an original thesis on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the department. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of course work and permission of the department.

CH 401 Yoga and Christianity
The common thread between the various forms of Yoga and Christianity will be compared with their differences.

CH 402 Buddhism and Christianity
The common thread between the major sects of Buddhism and Christianity will be compared with their differences.

CH 403 Hermetic Orders and Christianity
The Hermetic Orders will be reviewed and the similarities and differences between them and Christianity will be discussed.

CH 501 Christian Orders
Christian Orders including a study of monastic life as a monk or nun will be reviewed and compared. The purpose and mission of Christian Orders will be of paramount importance.

CH 501 History of the Minor Orders
The Minor Orders will be studied from the early church to the modern era with emphasis on the purpose and mission of each order.

CH 503 History of the Major Orders
The Major Orders of Deacon, Priest, Bishop, Archbishop and other Major Orders will be studied with emphasis on the purpose and function of each.

CH 570 Independent Study in Religion
The student is expected to pick a topic of interest to explore in detail.
Prerequisite: Approval by the Department.

CH 580 Independent Study in Church History
The student is expected to pick a topic of interest to explore in detail.
Prerequisite: Approval by the Department.

CH 590 Dissertation in Christian History
The candidate will write an original dissertation on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the department. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of course work and permission of the department.