Church History, Reformed/Presbyterian

Thirty-Nine Articles

This item will be released December 25, 2022.

Taught by Rev. Dr. Jady Koch
Runs 1/9 – 3/18/23
$225.00 – $399.00


The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (1571), despite widespread neglect today, remains the confessional standard throughout the Anglican Communion more than 450 years on. Frequently misrepresented as a minimalist consensus document, it is, in fact, a robust statement of reformed catholic faith. In this course, students will become familiar with the history, formation, and theology of these articles and observe how they–wrought as they were in the heat of the 16th-century Reformation and Counter-Reformation–remain relevant and applicable to Anglican identity today.

Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 28th




Auditing ($225):

participate in readings and live class sessions, but no graded assignments and no course credit

Full course (Full-Time Discount) ($275):

for-credit courses (at least four per term) toward our Certificate or M.Litt in Classical Protestantism

Full course ($399):

individual classes on a for-credit basis; you can later apply them toward a Certificate or Degree




This Christian History course will be taught by Rev. Dr. Jady Koch, and will run from January 9th through March 18th. The syllabus is available here.

Beginning with the Ten Articles of 1536, what we know as the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571 is the final product of nearly 40 years of theological, political, and ecclesiological infighting and intrigue. During that tumultuous time, there were four different English monarchs, three archbishops, and the Protestant Church of England was born. Frequently misrepresented as a minimalist consensus document, it is, in fact, a robust statement of reformed catholic faith, and a study of the Thirty-Nine Articles will benefit anyone looking to deepen their appreciation of Anglican theological identity and reformation theology as a whole. Contained in these relatively short and concise articles are thick and often profound statements on points of theological, ecclesiological, and even political controversy, which remain as relevant and applicable for Anglican identity today as they were in the 16th century. From arguments over the role, nature, and authority of scripture in the life of the church to Original Sin, Predestination, Justification, and the sacraments, we have in these articles a glorious patrimony of sublime theological sophistication that will continue to resource and influence the church down through the ages.

Rev. Dr. Jady Koch is Associate Minister at Christ Church, Mount Pleasant SC. A graduate of Washington & Lee University (2000) and Trinity School for Ministry (2007), The Rev. Dr. John D. “Jady” Koch earned his Doctorate in Systematic Theology at the University of Humboldt in Berlin, Germany in 2014. In addition to various articles and lectures, he is the author of The Distinction Between Law and Gospel as the Basis and Boundary of Theological Reflection, which was published in 2016.


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.