CH101-SPLHistory of Christianity I: From Jerusalem to Chang’An (AD 1 - 1500)
CH101-SPL : History of Christianity I: From Jerusalem to Chang’An (AD 1 - 1500) (3 Credit)
Academic Year : all year round
About this course
History of Christianity I is the first of a two course survey (3 credits each) on the history of Christianity over the last 2,000 years.
The course aims to identify the significant historical movements in the first 1,500 years of church history and consider their influence and relevance for contemporary Christians, especially those living in Asia. We begin with the theological, historical and spiritual developments in what John Calvin calls the ‘Golden Age of the Church’, that is, the age of the church fathers (2nd to 5th centuries). From here, we then examine the history of three major streams of Christianity, namely the Orthodox, Oriental and Western (Latin) Christianities, from the Middle Ages right up to the pre-Reformation period. Topics to be discussed include the formation of the biblical canon and how this affects our Christian beliefs, the challenge of evangelism and Christian living in a multi-cultural and religious society like the Roman Empire, the insights that we may gain from the Nestorian evangelization of China in the 8th century, and the legacy of medieval theology and spirituality for modern day Christianity.
The guiding principle is to consider the relevance of these historical movements for contemporary Protestant / Evangelical Christianity.