Course Description

History of Christianity II is intended as the second of a two course survey (3 credits each) of the history of Christianity over the last 2,000 years.

In CH102, students will be introduced to the important theological, historical and spiritual movements from 1500-2001. Our journey begins in Europe with the advent of the Protestant Reformation, which will permanently change the face of religion in the Continent and, subsequently, the whole world. This is followed by an analysis of the developments that follow this Reformation: the rise of American & English Protestantism and spirituality, the growth of the evangelical movement, especially in America, and the Catholic Counter Reformation.

Attention will also be given to the Enlightenment period, which would significantly influence and also challenge the claims of the Christian faith. Following these, we will turn our attention to the development of Christianity worldwide, with a focus on Christianity in China, in particular, and Asia in general.


Dr Lai Pak-Wah

Principal and Lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology

Pak Wah is our Principal and Lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology, he obtained his PhD from Durham University, UK. He is the author of The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspective of Chinese Medicine. Pak Wah was previously a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic, and engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board. He worships at Mt Carmel Bible Presbyterian Church where he serves as Elder overseeing the Hybrid Church Initiative. Pak Wah enjoys engaging in Tai Ji and Wing Chun martial arts as a form of spiritual formation practice.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • The History of Christianity II: Six-Continent Christianities (AD 1500-2001)

    • Course synopsis

    • Digital Theological Library

    • BGST Overdrive

    • BGST Library - VLIB

  • 2

    The European Reformations I - Continental Europe

    • Lesson content

    • Reading report one

  • 3

    The European Reformations II - Anglican and Scottish Reformation

    • Lesson content

    • Reading Report 2

  • 4

    The European Reformations III: Catholic Renewal / Counter Reformation

    • Lesson content

    • Lecture 1 MCQ

  • 5

    The Enlightenment and the Disenchantment of Christianity I

    • Lesson content

    • Reading Report 3

  • 6

    The Enlightenment and the Disenchantment of Christianity II

    • Lesson content

    • Lecture 2 MCQ

  • 7

    The Rise of Evangelicalism

    • Lesson content

  • 8

    Evangelicalism in the 19th Century

    • Lesson content

    • Lecture 3 MCQ

  • 9

    20th Century Christianity in the West I

    • Lesson content

  • 10

    20th Century Christianity in the West II

    • Lesson content

    • Reading: Documents of Vatican II

    • Reading Report 4

  • 11

    American Evangelicalism

    • Lesson content

    • Lecture 4 MCQ

  • 12

    Christianity in Modern China

    • Lesson content

    • Reading Report 5

  • 13

    Christianities Worldwide - Eastern Orthodoxy, Asia and Africa

    • Lesson content

    • Lecture 5 MCQ

  • 14

    Assignment Submission

    • Book review

    • Essay