Church History

Church History


Full-time Faculty     About the Church History Department     Courses Offered

Full-time Faculty

Jeffrey Jue

Jeffrey K. Jue

Peter Lillback

Peter A. Lillback

Carl Trueman

Carl R. Trueman

About the Church History Department

It has been well said that people make history, but they do not make the history that they choose. All human beings act in particular times, in particular places, and for a variety of different reasons. The aim of the Church History department is to teach students to understand the way in which human action is shaped by historical, social, economic, cultural, and theological concerns; and by so doing to allow the students to understand better their own positions as those who act in context. Though we live in an anti-historical age, the Church History department is committed to helping students realize the liberating importance of having a solid grasp of those historical trajectories which shape, often in hidden ways, the life of the church in the present.

To that end, the Church History curriculum enables students:

  • To recognize the ambiguities and complexities of human history 
  • To examine themselves in the light of the past 
  • To engage with an epistemologically self-conscious historical methodology
  • To see how the church’s testimony to Christ has been preserved and articulated through the ages
  • To recognize turning points in the history of the church 
  • To identify major types and paradigms of Christian vision in societies past and present
  • To be well acquainted with the Reformed heritage 
  • To recognize global patterns in the spread of the gospel through missions
  • To cultivate a modesty with regard to their own times and cultures by setting these within the perspective of the great sweep of church history
  • To be inspired by what they learn to proclaim God’s grace to today’s world

Courses Offered*:

Master's Level Courses PhD/ThM Level Courses 
  •  Survey of Church History
  • The Ancient Church
  • The Medieval Church
  • The Reformation
  • The Church in the Modern Age
  • Asian American History and Theology
  • Readings in the History of American Evangelicalism
  • English Puritan Thought
  • The Life and Thought of John Calvin
  • God and Scripture in the Era of Reformed Orthodoxy
    (ca. 1560 - ca. 1680)
  • The Doctrine of the Church in Reformed Theology
  • Scottish Presbyterianism
  • The Life and Thought of Francis Turretin
  • Reformed Confessions and Catechisms
  • The History of North American Eschatology
  • Studies in Old Princeton Theology
  • Readings in the History of Reformed Thought
  • History of the Korean Church from Korea to North America
  • Readings in the History of American Evangelicalism
  •  English Puritan Thought
  • The Life and Thought of John Calvin
  • God and Scripture in the Era of Reformed Orthodoxy (ca. 1560 - ca. 1680)
  • The Doctrine of the Church in Reformed Theology
  • Scottish Presbyterianism
  • The Life and Thought of John Owen
  • The Life and Thought of Francis Turretin
  • Reformed Confessions and Catechisms
  • The History of North American Eschatology
  • Studies in Old Princeton Theology
  • Old Religion in the New World: Transatlantic Puritan Theology
  • Readings the History of Reformed Thought







 *Not all courses are available each year. Click here for course descriptions and click here for semester course schedules to see what is currently offered.