EH243B History of the Church in the Modern Age

Module Level

Level 8 (undergraduate)

Time Allowance

12 contact hours



Module Aims

  • To introduce students to the history of the Church in the Modern Period
  • Provide students with a good overview of the most up to date scholarship on the history of Modern Christianity

Learning Outcomes

  • An appreciation of the main events and personalities of post-Reformation Christianity up to and including Vatican Council II
  • Understand the evolving relationship between secular and religious authorities in the modern period
  • Appreciate the tensions between Ultamontanism and Liberalism in the nineteenth century
  • Familiarity with the historical contexts of the First and Second Vatican Councils


  • Duffy, Eamon, Saints and sinners: a history of the popes (2nd ed.). New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006
  • Gilley, Sheridan and Brian Stanley (eds), The Cambridge History of Christianity: World Christianities, c.1815-c.1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)
  • Kelly, Joseph F., The ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church: a history. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009
  • O’Malley, John W., What happened at Vatican II? (Cambridge, Mass: Belknap, 2008)
  • Lamb, Matthew L., and Matthew Levering, Vatican II: Renewal within Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)


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