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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 Mohamad Z A H

18 oct. 2021

Well designed and executed, Well done

par Sanjy R

27 janv. 2019

Thanks for all, it's a very good MOOC

par George m j

9 oct. 2020

Very good course with great teachers

par Julio C N P

1 mai 2017

excellent mooc, thank you very much.

par María D D C

17 avr. 2022

​Great course , very well explained

par Brent H

7 juin 2018

great course, very informative.

par Syeda D E Z J

1 janv. 2021

Very thorough and detailed.

par Anılcan S

13 août 2020

Perfect! Thank you so much.

par Gordon T

10 mai 2022

Excellent course of study.

par Ubaldo G E D V

8 août 2020

Bruce Gordon is just great

par Omacel

14 juin 2017

Excellent! Really worthy.

par Edwart A C

10 sept. 2018

Excellent course!!!

par Derik B

10 avr. 2017

Excellent course.


2 avr. 2021

Very good course

par Luz M

23 oct. 2017

















par Konrad L

17 avr. 2022

Amazing course.

par alice

15 oct. 2017

very insightful

par Paulo S L B

26 déc. 2019

Curso incrivel

par Ralph N

22 juin 2017

Great Course

par Elizabeth

10 avr. 2021

Very good!!

par Daisey C

6 avr. 2021


par Tania K

25 janv. 2021

Amazing !

par valeria j b b

3 janv. 2021


par Miurel M

11 août 2020


par Miguel D

4 juil. 2020

thank you