EH243A History of the Church in the Modern Age

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Module Level

Level 8 (undergraduate)

Time Allowance

2 x 45 mins lectures per week + private study


Essay 1 (40%), Essay 2 (40%), Engagement with prescribed reading (10%), Source Criticism exercise (5%), Dictionary entry exercise (5%)

Module Aims

  • To introduce students to the history of the Church in the Early Modern and Modern Periods
  • Provide students with a good overview of the most up to date scholarship on the history of Early Modern and Modern Christianity

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to fluently discuss the principal events and personalities of post-Reformation Christianity up to the French Revolution
  • Be familiar with the efforts to implement Tridentine reform across Europe
  • Have a good understanding of the historical debates surrounding the issue of inculturation in missionary activity, and the continuing relevance of these issues today
  • Comprehend the evolving relationship between secular and religious authorities in the early modern period and how these developments have shaped our world to the present day
  • Understand the complexities of the relationship between religion and science during this period and the relevance of this point for current interdisciplinary discussions
  • Appreciate the effect of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era on the Christian Church


  • The bibliography will be available on the module's Moodle page