In this course, we will visit some of the most critical moments in the History of Christianity, moments of crisis that shaped its very nature. Some of these defining moments produced shared understandings that have endured for centuries, while others fractured Christianity into divergent forms. To investigate both the unity and diversity of Christianity, we will search out Christians of many times and places, looking in ancient Roman catacombs and North African caves, medieval cathedrals, storefront churches, and open-air meetings. We will look to historical narratives, original writings, works of art, and sacred songs to help us to experience the moments that defined and diversified Christianity.
This course provides an introduction to Christianity and to its historical study. It is suitable for all who wish to deepen their understanding of Christianity.