History of Christianity Explored

Northwestern Michigan College invites you to join historian and professor emeritus, Dr. Allen Horstman, for lively lecture and discussion focusing on two time periods in the story of the Christian Church. The first course, "Christianity’s First 300 Years—from Jesus to the Councils", meets Sept. 28 & Oct. 5. A second course, "Christianity in America" meets Oct. 12 & 19. All are on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at NMC University Center Rm. 214. 

You probably know the Biblical account of the life of Jesus—but then what? The first course explores the early years of Christianity—the Church and Roman Empire, persecutions, heretics, the ‘disappearance’ of women, and the doctrines and politics of the councils. Gain new insight into how the Christian Church got its start.

The second course jumps a few centuries and investigates the spread of Christianity in the United States. How did those first 300 years transition to what we have today? Explore the early settlement, the remarkable variety and vitality, the astounding growth of denominations like Methodists, Baptists, and Pentecostals, ethnic divisions, the sociology of denominations, culture wars, and the present status.

Materials and a bibliography are included. Register for either topic or enroll in both and save $5 on each. Cost is $45 each class or $80 for both. Call NMC Extended Education at (231) 995-1700 to register. For information about this and other noncredit offerings, visit nmc.edu/ees.

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