Details for Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

This unit examines the history of spiritual renewals, revivals and awakenings, as well as their influence on church life and growth. It is recognised that ‘revivalism’ is one of the most distinctive modes of proclaiming the gospel. It explores the sociological and spiritual milieu out of which these movements arise and what impact they have on society.  It seeks to discover the theological and biblical principles of these movements and explores their potential applications to the contemporary church.  This unit provides a basis for students to integrate their experience of church (in the charismatic/Pentecostal movements of Christianity) with their broader studies.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: HIS210
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Damon Adams

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This unit provides a basis for students to integrate their experience of church (in the charismatic/Pentecostal movements of Christianity) with their broader studies.

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the development of pneumatological movements in Christianity from their origins to the present day;
  2. Critically analyse the contributions of key characters and events, and their interpretation in the contemporary historiography of these movements;
  3. Identify social, cultural and theological issues influencing various pentecostal and charismatic streams;
  4. Demonstrate a deepening understanding of the nature of contemporary pentecostalism and its impact on global Christianity.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction: Historiography and charismata in the early church
  2. Charismata in the medieval era and the rise to modernity
  3. 19th century and the birth of modern Pentecostalism
  4. Pentecostalism in the early 20th century
  5. Women in early Pentecostalism
  6. Pentecostalism in mission
  7. Healing ministries and the charismatic renewal
  8. Contemporary renewals
  9. Pentecostalism in Australia
  10. Pentecostalism as a global movement

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester. This allows for students to complete readings, reflection and assessment and prepare for in-class activities between classes. The hours are the same as for an intensive: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Postings (20%)
  • Oral History Report (30%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided