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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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5 juin 2020

A very comprehensive, cohesive and resourceful overview of all the crucial events, main characters and key ecclesiastical developments that consolidated the Catholic Church in Europe and the Americas.


22 mars 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

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par Christy L

17 juin 2017

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

par Paul H

11 avr. 2017

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

par Diego B

19 août 2021

T​his is what MOOCs are for. Topics that would do nothing for your bottom line but be very interesting.

par JOHN J R

10 mai 2022

This course was excellent. The material was very interesting and the instructors were very engaging.

par Sissi D

17 sept. 2020

Excellent! I loved content, resources, teachers and videos. Thank you very much for the opportunity.

par Isabella C

13 août 2017

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

par Rania B

20 déc. 2017

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

par Tony B

15 avr. 2020

A terrific programme of study. Diligent and detailed. A professional team and quality work.

par monideepa m

24 août 2020

I learnt a lot about the birth, growth, and spread of Christianity in the world from Asia.

par Daniel A R D

12 juil. 2019

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

par Neil K

17 avr. 2018

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

par Jeffrey H

5 sept. 2021

Excellent, concise, and interesting summary of the growth and expansion of Christianity.

par Keith H

17 juin 2020

Wonderful course, informative, engaging and the art used in the lectures was supreme!

par Neelam P

26 mars 2018

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

par Gladys N G D

6 juil. 2020


par Adriana A

1 oct. 2017

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

par barton f

16 mai 2017

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

par bernard y

26 avr. 2017

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


18 juil. 2020

A very interesting that covers the whole topic of Church History extremely well

par Beatriz m d

12 févr. 2022

Es un curso excelente.Una gran lección de la historia a través de la religión.

par Christal B

9 août 2020

Excellent source for Church History and strengthening of your Christian Faith.

par Soon H Y

10 juil. 2017

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

par Ana C J

18 févr. 2021

A course with lots of useful and interesting content! Congratulations!

par Carlos M

16 oct. 2020

Simply good I learned a lot about the history of the Church, thank you

par Sophie

28 sept. 2017

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