Worship, Arts and Church History

The Christian church has had a fascinating link to the Creative Arts throughout history.  On occasion it has been the Arts greatest promoter and supporter.  At other times it has been the greatest stifler and constrainer of the Arts.  As human beings our tendency is to make vessels sacred the moment they appear to be used by God.  A worship style, an architectural style, an instrument, a liturgy, an artistic approach can all be tools that help people make a meaningful connection with God.  Yet, these very things can be traps into religious ritualism, nostalgia or even idolatry!  So, what can we learn from the long legacy of the Arts and the church?

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: WOR205
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Worship, Arts and Church History

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

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit provides an overview of Worship and the Arts in Biblical times and throughout Church History.


  1. Analyse examples of Music and the Arts from the Old Testament;
  2. Summarize expressions of Music and the Arts from the New Testament;
  3. Explain the role of Music and the Arts in early church history;
  4. Compare the ways in which the church encouraged or restricted the development of Music and the Arts from Medieval times to the 20th Century.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to Worship, Arts and Church History
  2. Ancient Music and Arts
  3. New Testament Music and Creative Arts
  4. Worship and the Arts in Early Church History
  5. Worship and the Arts in Church History (17th Century - 20th Century)
  6. Secular and Sacred Music/Arts Historic Periods (17th Century - 20th Century)
  7. Arts Around the World

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)

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

Assessment Methods

  • Book Review (25%)
  • Short Answer Test (25%)
  • Oral Presentation (25%)
  • Debate (10%)
  • Case Study (15%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided