Contemporary World Christianity | Hartford Seminary

Contemporary World Christianity (HI-532)

Over the last century, Christianity has undergone great change. Christian practice plummeted in Europe, was decimated in the Middle East, and has grown rapidly in Asia, Oceania, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Today Christians are found nearly everywhere on earth, saying their prayers in myriad languages and practicing their faith in vastly varied cultures. In this course we will encounter Christians from every continent, seeing their faces, hearing their voices, and exploring the ways in which they practice their faith. To gain a “big picture” perspective on the current state and recent history of World Christianity, we will read some of the best work in this exciting new field. Together we will build a kind of composite portrait album of modern Christians, a way of seeing Christians in relation to one another that does not dismiss their serious differences. This course is suitable as an appropriate starting point for those beginning their study of Christianity, but it also provides students with more background in Christianity a global perspective on the faith.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS – Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS – Ministerial Studies : Foundations of the Christian Faith

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Brian Clark


Spring 2022

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