Course Outline

Introduction to Christianity

Summer 2003: University of Pennsylvania

 

Part I:
Prolegomena

OIH = Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity
Web = World Wide Web
Introductory Material
Week #1:
May 20
 
Overview of Course
Miracles and history
Scriptures Jewish Crucible
 
 

Part II:
History of Christianity

 
Christian Origins
Week #2:
May 27
 
Who was Jesus?
Orthodoxy and heresy
Issues in earliest Christianity
Martyrdom
 
OIH:Intro., Ch. 1
Web: Books in the Christian Bible by Genre
Gospel of Mark
Proto-gospel of James
 
The Roman period until the birth of Islam
Week #3:
June 3
 
More orthodoxy and heresy
The legalization of Christianity
The great councils
Augustine
Asceticism and monasticism
 
OIH:Ch. 2
Web:TBA
Early medieval period
Week #4:
June 10
 
Church and state
Islam and the Crusades
Scholasticism
Popular piety
The Y1K problem
 
OIH:Chs. 3, 5
Web: Council of Nicaea
Gerbert / Sylvester II
Urban II calls for a crusade
 
Late medieval and reformation
Week #5:
June 17
 
Heresy reborn
Renaissance
Reformation
Counter-reformation
 
 
OIH:Chs. 6-7
Web:TBA
Enlightenment and growth
Week #6:
June 24
 
Mid-term exam
Alchemy, Hermeticism, Cabala
Rationalism
Witchcraft and witch trials
 
OIH:Chs. 8-9
Web:TBA
Recent European and Anglo-American
Week #7:
July 1
 
From Unitarians to Mormons
Anglo-Catholicism
Revivals
Social gospel movement
Fundamentalism
Pentecostals and Charismatics
 
OIH:Chs. 10-11
Web:TBA
Recent Latin American, African, Asian
Week #8:
July 8
 
Missionary movements
Respective flavors of Latin American, African and Asian expressions
Composite expressions (Santería, etc.)
 
OIH:Chs. 12-14
Web:TBA
Eastern Orthodoxy
Week #9:
July 15
 
East-West split
History of Eastern Orthodoxy
Doctrine and practice
Reconciliation movements
 
OIH:Chs. 4, 15
Web:TBA
 

Part III:
Contemporary Issues

 
Christian doctrines and modern issues
Week #10:
July 22
 
Traditional Christian Theology
Dividing issues among modern groups
"Modern Theology"
Christianity and science
Issues in contemporary morality
 
OIH:Chs. 16-17
Web:TBA
Gender issues
Week #11:
July 29
 
Gender and theology
Women's roles in traditional Christianity
Modern reform movements
 
Web: Note: no requirement to follow the links within these sites.
In Memory of Her
Her Share of the Blessings
Pope Joan
Popess Joan
Women as clergy
The Roman Catholic Church & female ordination
Female clergy in Eastern Orthodox & Protestant religions
 
 

Part IV:
Last Things

 
Presentations and last quiz
Week #12:
August 5
 
Presentations of research papers
Final Exam
Web: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
 
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