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These bible classes will help you understand the scriptures in their original context. Other classes cover apologetics, theology, and church history. Pastor Sean Finnegan teaches with scholarship and simplicity to offer you top notch Christian education.
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132 Twentieth Century American Christianity (Five Hundred 15)
In this last episode of our 500 class, we’ll cover a bunch of 20th century American groups including Christian Science, the Evangelicals, Plymouth Brethren, Pentecostals, Calvary Chapel, Vineyard Churches, Christian and Missionary Alliance, the Way International, the Worldwide Church of God, Scientology, the Moonies, and Megachurches (Rick Warren, Craig Groeschel, and Joel Osteen). It’s a whirlwind, but it should aid you in making some interesting and helpful connections between present day Christian groups and their past.
This is lecture 15 of a history of Christianity class called Five Hundred: From Martin Luther to Joel Osteen.
All the notes are available here as a pdf.
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Christian Science (a.k.a. Church of Christ, Scientist) (85,000)
1866 – Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) experienced healing from back pain after studying the Gospels and devoted her life to studying healing
1875 – published findings in Science and Health
early 20th century had major growth but declined towards the end
Evangelicals/Born Again Christians (similar to fundamentalists, but different focus)
National Association of Evangelicals defines an evangelical as someone who believes in
The need for everyone to have a “born again” experience
The engagement in missionary and social reform efforts
The obedience to the Bible as ultimate authority
Sacrifice of Christ on the cross as a central focus
Plymouth Brethren (1 million)
1827 meeting in Dublin, Ireland by John Nelson Darby (1800-1882)
Father of dispensationalism including pre-tribulational rapture
Dallas Theological Seminary’s Professor Dr. Chafer’s 1948 Systematic Theology
I. Scofield Bible’s 1909 Study Bible
W. Bullinger’s 1909 Companion Bible (finished in 1922)
Hal Lindsey’s 1970 Late Great Planet Earth (a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate)
Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ 1995 Left B