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History of Christianity

Level 5 - DT2001-03

This module introduces the central events, personalities, movements and ideas that have influenced the history of Christianity from the first to the twenty-first century.

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.    

Topics covered

  • 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%).

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