History of Christianity I (Sarah Williams)

Speaker(s): Sarah Williams
Date: Fall 2008
Length: 19:06:34
Product ID: RGDL3838S

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This course surveys the history of Christianity from its beginnings to about 1560. It will progress thematically, stressing the highlights of each given era. Students are encouraged to think in terms of broader issues and themes rather than specific chronology and specific events. Lectures include:

  • What is Christian History and Why is it Important?
  • The Background of the Early Church
  • Early Church Expansion, Life, and Doctrine
  • The Church in an Age of Persecution, c.100-312 A.D.
  • The Church in the Christian Empire, c. 312-500 A.D.
  • Monasticism in the Early Church
  • Augustine of Hippo - Lecture by Don Lewis
  • An Introduction to the Middle Ages: The Celtic Churches
  • The Re-Emergence of the Roman Church
  • Renewal in the High Middle Ages: Cluny, Citeaux, and the Papacy
  • Popular Religion in the High Middle Ages, c. 1050-1300 A.D.
  • The Development of Christian Thought in the High Middle Ages
  • The Crusades as Ideal and Reality
  • Dissent Inside and Outside the Church in Non-Western Mission
  • The Eastern Church
  • The Late Middle Ages, c. 1300-1500 A.D.
  • 14th Century Mysticism and the Autumn of Christendom
  • The Lutheran Reformation
  • The Calvinist Reformation
  • The Anabaptist or Radical Reformation
  • The Catholic Reformation

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Sarah Williams is Research Professor of Church History at Regent College. Previously, she held research and teaching positions at the University of Birmingham, Harris Manchester College at Oxford, and Lincoln College at Oxford. She is author of Religious Belief and Popular Culture, The Shaming of the Strong, and co-author of Redefining Christian Britain. She has written a number of articles and reviews for academic journals such as Past and Present, The Urban History Yearbook, The Journal of Victorian Culture, The Journal of the Oral History Society, Archives De Sciences Sociales Des Religions, and The Journal of Nineteenth Century Studies. She has contributed to European Religion in the Age of Great Cities (Hugh McLeod ed.), and worked on a collaborative research project that was published as Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-1940.

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