The History of Christianity

Ref: C3742721

This course examines the History of Christianity from its beginnings in Judaic writings and Greek philosophy and culture, through the early period of establishment of the faith, weaving through the tangle of its fractures and schisms, and the emergence of its various churches with new themes and creeds, up to the period of the Enlightenment in the 18th century. The main themes will include: - the beginnings - the time of Jesus Christ - the early schisms, east and south - the rise of Rome - the Orthodox church - the Reformation and the worldwide Church - Christianity and its struggles during the Enlightenment. The course will end with an examination of a well-known (if mainly misunderstood) episode in Church history – the conflict between it and Galileo in the early 17th century.

Course aim

This course examines the History of Christianity from a secular viewpoint up to the period of the Enlightenment in the 18th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss the founding and early development of the Christian Church.
  • Identify the significant characters in, and their impact on, the Christian Church.
  • Examine the context within which the major developments and turning points of the Christian Church occurred, and the impact of that context on those events.
  • Understand the development of the Christian Church within a historical rather than religious context and explain its impact.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The History of Christianity


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