This module provides an overview of the experiences, theological debates and socio-political contexts that have impacted the development of Christianity from a sect of Judaism into a global religion. It critically analyses notable turning points in the evolution of this religion and highlights both the reforms and ruptures that brought about its three major branches: Catholicism, Protestantism, and Orthodoxy. Students should expect to reflect critically on the reconfiguration of Christianity over time, forming their own interpretation of its historical and contemporary significance.
- Jewish and Non-Jewish Christianity
- Early Christian Martyrdom: Perceptions and Realities
- Imperial and Conciliar Christianity
- Medieval Reform and Rupture
- Medieval Christianity: Conquest and Creativity
- The Protestant Reformations
- The Radical and Catholic Reformations
- Christianity during the Age of Enlightenment
- Christianity during the Age of World War
- Ecumenism, Vatican II, and the Global Realignment of Christianity
Forum participation (10%); a two thousand-word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour unseen written examination (50%).