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This course follows the extraordinary development of Western Christianity from its early persecution under the Roman Empire in the third century to its global expansion with the Jesuits of the early modern world. We explore the dynamic and diverse character of a religion with an enormous cast characters. We will meet men and women who tell stories of faith as well as of violence, suppression, and division. Along the way, we encounter Perpetua and her martyrdom in Carthage; the struggles of Augustine the bishop in North Africa; the zeal of Celtic monks and missionaries; the viciousness of the Crusades; the visions of Brigit of Sweden; and the fracturing of Christianity by Martin Luther’s protest. We hear the voices of great theologians as well as of those branded heretics by the Church, a powerful reminder that the growth of Christianity is a story with many narratives of competing visions of reform and ideals, powerful critiques of corruption and venality, and exclusion of the vanquished. The troubled history of Christian engagement with Jews and Muslims is found in pogroms and expulsions, but also in the astonishing ways in which the culture of the West was transformed by Jewish and Islamic learning. We shall explore the stunning beauty of the Book of Kells, exquisitely prepared by monks as the Vikings terrorized the coast of England. We will experience the blue light of the windows of Chartres, and ponder the opening questions of Thomas Aquinas’ great Summa. We will read from the Gutenberg Bible of the fifteenth century, which heralded the revolution brought by the printing press. We will travel from Calvin’s Geneva to Elizabeth’s England to Trent, where a Catholic Council met to inaugurate a modern, missionary Catholic church. We will walk through the great Escorial of Philip II of Spain, hear the poetry of John of the Cross, and follow the Jesuits to Brazil and China. Christianity in the West was forged in the fires of conflict and tumult, and it brought forth both creativity and violence. It echoed with calls for God’s world to be transformed, it inspired the most sublime art and architecture, yet it also revealed the power of the union of cross and sword to destroy. The course is a journey through the formation of the West as one strand of Christianity, as one chapter in a global story. It is a journey that has shaped our world....

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ES

Mar 23, 2018

A great journey! Lots of information and bonus material! I'm very thankful for the course. It might be that the professor's speech is sometimes a bit difficult to follow, but it's a minor drawback

SN

May 27, 2019

I enjoyed this course so much!! I learned a lot about history and the church. It has kept me looking for more courses and books to learn more!!!!!\n\nThank you so much for offering this!

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par erich n

Mar 26, 2018

This is a well thought out course, that offers real insight into the rise and growth of Christianity. It is well done, and offers great content.

par Patricia N W

Oct 04, 2018

The presentation is superb and attention holding. I'm enjoying this class so very much. I would love more by this University and this Professor.

par Gerard K R

Jan 26, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed it! Liked its independent, no denominational leanings. Well paced. And good estimates of time commitments for the student.

par Syed A

Feb 05, 2018

It was a good course! It really gave insight into early Christianity and the relationship amongst different groups in Western Europe as well.

par Bart S

Aug 07, 2017

outstanding survey class: anyone that wants to understand Western Christianity would be well served to take this class!

par Diana L

May 29, 2017

Generously shared, vast exploration, deeply knowledgeable teaching, excellent references for further study. Thank you!

par Sophie W

Mar 30, 2019

Excellent thousand foot view of roughly 1400 years of Western Christianity, covering a huge number of critical events.

par Mary C

Sep 10, 2017

This was an excellent course. The material was presented well and I learned so much about the subject matter.

par Christy L

Jun 18, 2017

I very much enjoyed this course and the in-depth look at various Christian personalities throughout history.

par Paul H

Apr 11, 2017

Excellent course. Very informative. Great survey of a lot of information. Excellent production quality.

par Isabella

Aug 13, 2017

Great beginners' course to learn about Christianity. Very comprehensive content and easy to follow.

par Rania B

Dec 20, 2017

Amazing course. Very well structured and rich with information. Exactly what i was looking for!

par Daniel A R D

Jul 12, 2019

Fue un curso genial, sin embargo con una visión parcializada de la historia de la iglesia.

par Neil K

Apr 17, 2018

Just superb. Engaging lucid speakers, vast scope of subject matter, lucidly spoken about.

par Neelam P

Mar 26, 2018

Great course to get you introduced to the first Millenia of Christianity in the west!

par Adriana A

Oct 02, 2017

It was a great course! I enjoyed it a lot, it helps me to understand many things.

par barton f

May 16, 2017

Not only an excellent survey, but ties the "threads" together, making Christianit

par Yeap K P

Apr 26, 2017

A very good course! Thank you so much for putting the rich contents all together!

par Soon H Y

Jul 10, 2017

an eye opener and a great point of reference conducted by an excellent team

par Sophie

Sep 28, 2017

Wonderful course! I enjoy it very much and would highly recommend it.

par Ashok K A

Jun 09, 2017

Was a very informative course. I never knew such a history was there

par Aleah K

Aug 21, 2019

Highly informative! Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

par Greg L

Apr 19, 2018

A good survey of Western Christianity taught in an engaging manner.

par Damon T R

Sep 30, 2018

Absolutely loved this course! Could not recommend it more!

par wei l

Nov 09, 2017

Great Course. Learned a lot from this course. Thank you!