(Three hours per week equivalent)
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- organise a Christian history which attends to the polycentric and multiple nature of that history;
- discuss theological developments through Christian history with reference to both a multi-denominational and international context.
- drawing on the polycentricity of Christian history, discuss the possibility and importance of an Indigenous Christian history;
- develop historical and theological concepts for engagement in Indigenous ministry
- critique and evaluate beliefs, actions, and traditions of Christian communities with a view to better facilitate Indigenous learning.
- Contribution to online forums and discussions (1,000 words) Class Discussions 15%
- Summaries and questions (1,000 words) 15%
- Mid-course project (1,500 words) 30%
- Research project (2,500 words) 40%
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Andrews, Edward E. Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.
- González, Justo L. The Story of Christianity: Volume 1, The: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. New York: HarperCollins, 2010.
- Irvin, Dale, and Sunquist, Scott, eds. History of the World Christian Movement: Volume I: Earliest Christianity to 1453. New York: Orbis Books, 2001
- Jenkins, John Philip. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia–and How It Died. New York: HarperCollins, 2009
- Peterson, R. D. A concise history of Christianity. Australia Belmont, CA, Wadsworth/Thomson, 2007.
- Sanneh, Lamin O. Whose Religion is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.
- ————. Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Shenk, Wilbert R., ed. Enlarging the Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.
- Tinker, G. E. Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Cultural Genocide. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1993.
- Yong, Amos and Barbara Brown Zikmund, eds. Remembering Jamestown: Hard Questions About Christian Mission. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010.
- Short Articles:
- *Perpetua, “The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas”.
- *Martin Luther, “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520).” 1-34.
- *Philip Spener, “Pia Desideria,” Pietists, Classics of Western Spirituality, 31-49.