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WEST History: Christianity - Chapter Summary
In this chapter you will review the beginnings, growth and expansion of the Christian church from its inception to the modern age. The material aligns with the world history domain of the WEST History test. The videos include the following topics:
- The life of Christ as revealed in the Gospels
- Relationship of the early Christian Church to Judaism
- Early founders of the Christian Church, missions of Paul
- Constantine's conversion
- Christianity becomes Rome's official religion
- Teachings of Thomas Aquinas
- Roman Catholic sacraments
- Ecumenical movements of the modern Christian Church
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WEST History: Christianity Chapter Objectives
As part of the teacher certification process or the acquisition of a history teaching endorsement, the WEST History test assesses your knowledge of U.S. history, world history and the concepts and skills involved in social studies. The World History domain, under which our Christianity chapter falls, covers approximately 36% of the test.
All of the 110 questions that make up the WEST History exam are multiple choice, requiring you to read a section of text and choose the best answer from the list provided. The test is computer-based.
1. The Gospels: The Life of Christ
This lesson will be a brief exploration of the life of Christ. It will highlight His virgin birth, public ministry, the reasons for His crucifixion, His resurrection and the Christian message that Christ offered salvation to all who believe in His name.
2. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism
This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.
3. Paul and the Early Church Fathers
This lesson will identify the earliest Church Fathers as the 12 disciples and the Apostle Paul. In doing this, it will highlight the persecution of the Christian Church as well as the conversion of Saul, known to history as Paul.
4. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity
This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.
5. Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church
St. Thomas Aquinas was perhaps the most important figure of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. This lesson examines what he did to help protect the Church against a rebirth of critical thinking by using critical thinking to defend the Church.
6. The Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church
This lesson will explore the seven Catholic sacraments of baptism, Eucharist, reconciliation, confirmation, marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. In doing so, it will also highlight penance and confession.
7. The Ecumenical Movement of the 20th Century
This lesson will seek to explain the Ecumenical Movement of the 20th century. In doing so it will highlight Protestantism, the Edinburgh Missionary Conference, and the first Council of World Churches.
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