WRLD 564/HIST 564

Christianity & World Cultures: A History of Contextualization

This course is also offered as HIST 564

Course Description

Taking each of the five continents in turn, this course looks at the significant missional achievements of their Christian pioneers (both cross-cultural missionaries and local communities of believers) in embodying Christian faith and practice in their cultural contexts. The course focuses on each continent’s unique cultural embodiments (such as texts, liturgies, visual arts, architecture, institutions, and social practices) that exemplified fruitful cross-cultural transmission of the gospel within their respective cultures. It examines the major church councils, synods, and ‘rites’ controversies that debated the possibilities and boundaries of those cultural expressions. The course will also consider how these missional breakthroughs impacted subsequent generations of local church communities, as well as the wider non-Christian societies in which they lived.

Dates Jul 1–Jul 5
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Prabo Mihindukulasuriya

Assistant Professor in the History of Christianity

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

The friendships and relationships I’ve made during my time at Regent have opened my eyes to how immensely rich, diverse, and massive the body of Christ is. When I hear the stories of many of my classmates, I see Jesus’s immense provision and grace for the church.” — Alexander Marees