Anthology of Christianity examines the key figures, events and ideas from the Apostolic age to the Reformation in Christian history and places them in context.
As a survey of the world’s largest religion, this course is an introduction to the Christian tradition in its historical, theological, and ethical dimensions. This course is wide in scope and has as its main goal to present the diversity of the Christian tradition in its origins, beliefs, and practices.
Historical: Students will be exposed to the biblical origins of the tradition as well as the development and spread of Christianity globally with focus on the history and development of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Christianity. We will also examine the presence of Christianity in the Americas.
Theological: We will study the basic Christian theological concepts of God, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, and the sacraments and look at the diversity in how they are understood among the different expressions of Christianity. In addition we will look at the role and meaning of ritual and worship in Christian theology through its art, music, and sermons.
Ethical: The last third of the course will focus on the ethical questions that have challenged Christianity historically and currently as well as a variety of interpretations and approaches available within the tradition. Some of the questions we will discuss include war, peace, and the use of force; end of life issues such as euthanasia and the death penalty; marriage, family life, and same-sex marriage; and wealth, poverty, and the economy.
At the end of the course students are expected to be familiar with the basic texts and origins of Christianity, the basic defining elements of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Christianity, modern developments and expressions of Christianity around the world, and different ethical views guiding the encounter between Christianity and contemporary societies.
2. Mid-term examination in class on the content of the readings and the material discussed in class. [20% of the grade]
5. Prepare a Timeline of the Ancient Church to the Reformation
Email for classroom lectures
Formation of Christendom Vol 1
Church of England
Christianity in Egypt: the Copts
Creeds of the Church
Early Christian Writings
Mission of the Church
History of the Reformation
Christian History Institute
British Museums Virtual Tour
Virtual Tour of St Peters Basilica
Virtual Museum Tour
Museums of Art and Antiquities