Students investigate significant Church history, events, groups and individuals from the Middle Ages beginning with the conversion of Constantine in 312 C.E and ending with the fall of Constantinople in 1453 C. E.
The Crusades and the Black Death devastated European society and changed the Catholic Church. Believers began to wonder about the role of God in their lives in a new way and began to take responsibility for their faith life. The Reformation was the beginning of a time of big ideas that challenged the time of an all-powerful, all-encompassing Catholic Church. People began to question the teaching authority of the Church - and as a consequence science, politics and society were examined in new ways.
Students explore the contributions of key figures during the times of the reformation and renaissance. During this time period, the invention of the printing press and the translation of the Bible into local languages were two significant events that paved the way for the further splitting of the Christian church and the Protestant reformation.