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HIST 501

History of Christianity I

This course is an invitation to encounter the Story of God’s people through time. It surveys the history of the Church from the end of the New Testament era through to the eve of the Reformation (c. 100-1500). And while it largely follows the traditional account of this history, it also seeks to reincorporate the various forms of Christianity which have often been marginalized by overly-Eurocentric narratives. Considering its scope, then, the course should primarily be understood as an introductory survey even as it offers levels of complexity for those intending to dig deeper into the Christian past. Finally, it should be noted that the course’s title––History of Christianity, rather than Church History––is employed to suggest that we are not concerned simply with Church organization and practice, but with Christianity’s growth and development as it has informed, and been informed by, the surrounding cultures and societies in which it has taken root.

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Winter 2024

This course is online only. Class time for this course will occur through pre-recorded video lectures posted to Moodle.  

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