Christianity: The History of A Global Religion
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
|UoN Broken Bay Instit - Online||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
This course provides students with an overview of the development of Christianity. Through lectures and a workshop programme, students will be introduced to key features and factors in the genesis and growth, identity and developing self-understanding of the Church, with particular attention to the interaction of faith and theology with changing social, cultural and intellectual worlds.
Following an introduction to the Jewish and Roman milieus within which Christianity first emerged, the course outlines and critically examines how and why the Christian faith developed and the relationship of ecclesial communities to their wider societies. The major achievements, turning-points and key theological and doctrinal controversies and contributors are explored, providing an understanding of the main lines and varieties of theology, devotion and church order, and of how they continue to have significance in the life of Christianity today.
The aim of the course is to:
1. Introduce students to foundational aspects of Christian life and theology as formed by the historical developments of the Church;
2. Introduce students to key approaches to the study and critical use of Christian history as part of the continuing development of Christian thought and praxis;
3. Provide students with illustrative examples of Christian life and theology as the expression of a changing Christian identity under the pressure of different social contexts;
4. Enable students to begin to make initial theological judgments about particular doctrinal developments in relation to their historical contexts.
Students will be required to attend 2 x one hour lectures and a one hour workshop on the theme of the lectures each week. Themes will include: the social and cultural worlds of Christians, how and why the Church grew and relating Faith to the World.
It is expected that students will both contribute to, and at times lead, discussions as a part of the assessment regime of the course.
Modes of Delivery
Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term