This course is a chronological study, progressing from the Ascension of Christ through the period of growth and persecution until the legalization of Christianity with the Edict of Milan in 313 AD. In addition to following the activities of the apostles, course material provides data on the context within which the Church was established, grew, and experienced persecution within the confines of the Roman Empire. Along with the Scriptures, the writings of Church fathers and historians are used to provide as full a picture as possible of the events in these first three centuries of Church history.
Students are required to have an electronic journal that contains all of their notes for every content assignment in the course. There is a required minimum of one paragraph of notes per hour spent on a content assignment. The journal will be submitted in the Lesson Five Quiz when the course is completed.
Each week, students will perform a casual interview that relates to the content they are studying. A student can interview the same person as often as they want, and ideally, your interviewee is a person that is familiar with the current content you are studying. Students will submit a summary of their interviews at the end of the course.