IP Course Descriptions

IP 550 – Early and Medieval Western Church

This course is a general overview of the history of Christianity from third century, C.E. to the Protestant Reformation.

Prerequisite: None
Credit:  1.0 (Offered during On-Campus Intensives)
Instructor: Prof. Bruce Breeding

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IP 551 – From Reform to Individualistic Freedom 

This course is a general overview of the history of Christianity from the end of the Protestant Reformation to the early twentieth century.

Prerequisite:  None
Credit:  1.0 (Offered during On-Campus Intensives)
Instructor: Bruce Breeding

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IP 570 – Disciples History

This course is an overview of the history and polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from its beginnings on the American frontier to the present day.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1.0
Instructor: Prof. Bruce Breeding

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IP 571 – The Church in North America

An overview of  the history of the diversity of Christianities and Christian practice in North America and how this diversity shapes and defines the church, with an emphasis on the twentieth century and  nineteenth century antecedents.  The course will consist of background chapters paired with a contemporary case study of selected examples of the diversity of Christianities and Christian practice and how this diversity produces “porous and potentially creative borders” in the Church in North America.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 0.5
Instructor: Dr. Amy Artman

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IP 574 – Church Engagement with Social Issues of the 19th-20th Century

An overview of  the history of the intersection between Christianity and social issues in America, with an emphasis on the twentieth century and  nineteenth century antecedents.  The social issues under consideration will include race, gender, sexuality, the media, capitalism, reform, and pacifism/warfare

Prerequisite: None
Credit:  0.5
Instructor: Dr. Amy Artman

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IP 577 – Church and Race Relations in America

This course is a very basic overview of the role Christianity played in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s

Prerequisite: None
Credit:  0.5
Instructor: Prof. Bruce Breeding

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IP 579 – Women in the Church

An overview of the story of women in the Christian church from ancient to modern times. The focus of the course will be the role of women in the historical and theological shaping of Christianity.

Prerequisite:  None
Credit:  0.5
Instructor:  Dr. Amy Artman

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IP 580 – “Heaven Below”: An Exploration of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

During the course of the twentieth century, Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity moved from the fringe to the center of American Christianity.  What happened, and how?  This course will provide an overview of the history and thought of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in America.

Prerequisite:  None
Credit: 0.5
Instructor:  Dr. Amy Artman

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IP 582 – Augustine

This course is an introduction to Augustine’s theology.   Augustine is one of the greatest theologians of the church and continues to exert influence on Christian thought and on the life of the church in a variety of ways, including the doctrines on the triune God, the human condition, the church and its sacraments, and social ethics.   During the course, we will focus on his theological method, overall theological project in relation to Neoplatonism, thoughts on grace and human will (theological anthropology) set forth during the Pelagian controversy, and homilies on love and life together (ecclesiology) preached against the Donatists.   Through readings, discussions, and lectures, we will critically and constructively examine the relevance of his work for our own theological reflection, ministry, and Christian life.

Prerequisite:  None
Credit: 1.0
Instructor:  Dr. Daniel Shin

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IP 585 – Early “Ecclesiology”

TBA

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Credit: 1.5
Instructor:

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IP 586 – Developed Ecclesiology

TBA

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Credit: 1.5
Instructor:

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IP 590 – IP Competency Exercise

*Please refer to section 7.1.6-7.1.8 of the Student Handbook*

Prerequisite: Completion of all other IP 500 level work
Credit: 0.5
Instructor: Prof. Bruce Breeding

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IP 670 – Disciples History & Polity II

Small evangelical groups such as the Sandemanians and the Haldanes were creating lively conversations in Great Britain even as Thomas Campbell became the settled minister of Ahorey Church in Ireland in 1798. Likewise, reformers such as James O’Kelly were influencing preachers and congregations across the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia and New England at the same time Barton W. Stone became the regular supply preacher at the Cane Ridge and Concord congregations in Kentucky. This course will emphasize the theological and cultural landscape that inaugurated and informed the Stone-Campbell Movement throughout its 200-year history. In addition, because the theological and missiological beliefs of a historical movements have little meaning apart from their embodiment in human lives, students will be asked to explore the value that the Stone-Campbell Movement’s history holds for congregational life and mission today. The course will conclude with an examination and assessment of the current polity and structure of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one Competency Exercise and 60% of 500 level IP work
Credit: 2.0
Instructor: Prof. Lon Oliver

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IP 671 – Topics in the History of Christian Spirituality

The study of spirituality is a rapidly growing field. The concern is how one might experience the presence the divine in his or her life. One of the purposes of this course is to familiarize the student with the vast literature of the field as well as the personalities whose work contributes to our knowledge of the subject. In this course we will study both the ancient, medieval, and early modern contributions to the field as well as contemporary (20th century) writers. The field is so large and our time is so short, your professor will have to be selective on topics. There is no way we can survey the whole field in the time we have allotted.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one Competency Exercise and 60% of 500 level IP work
Credit: 2.0
Instructor:  Dr. Bill Paulsell

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