The prominence of Christianity in the modern world could lead us to assume that the success of Christianity was inevitable, but Christianity began as a small, demanding religious movement, the leader of which was executed as a common criminal. This course examines the origins and rise of Christianity and the process by which this obscure movement became a powerful world religion. Students will explore the roots of Christianity within Judaism, the appeal of Christian missionaries, the socioeconomic factors that led to the success of the missionary movement, the compilation of the Christian Bible, the role of martyrdom in the spread of Christianity, and the ways that orthodoxy Christianity came to triumph both over other religious movements and over other forms of Christianity.
Course Level: Appropriate for sophomores and above with some experience in the same subject area, or in a related area.
|ROC – University of Notre Dame|
|Summer 2014 Sections||
Start Date: 06-09-2014
End Date: 08-08-2014
Mon 4:00pm - 5:20pm EST
Wed 4:00pm - 5:20pm EST