This Christian History course will be taught by Dr. Michael Lynch, and will run from January 9th through March 18th. The syllabus will be posted when available.
The history of Presbyterianism in America is in many ways a three-century long microcosm of the religious history of America. Presbyterians have played and continue to play an important role in American life. In this class, we will trace the story of how Presbyterianism beginning in the Old World adapted and survived in the New World through its response to varying political, social, and theological contexts. We will explain the complicated theological and pastoral issues involved in the eighteenth- century Old Side-New Side debate and the Old School-New School controversy in the following century.
Moreover, because of their role in and influence upon conservative evangelicalism, this course will give special attention to two important conservative American presbyterian denominations, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). Finally, because this is a history course, reading and discussion of primary source material will be an essential feature of this class.
Dr. Michael Lynch (Ph.D, Calvin Seminary) teaches Ancient Language and Humanities at Delaware Valley Classical School in New Castle, DE. He is the author of John Davenant’s Hypothetical Universalism: A Defense of Catholic and Reformed Orthodoxy. He and his wife have five children, three girls and two boys.
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.
This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.