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This course follows the extraordinary development of Western Christianity from its early persecution under the Roman Empire in the third century to its global expansion with the Jesuits of the early modern world. We explore the dynamic and diverse character of a religion with an enormous cast characters. We will meet men and women who tell stories of faith as well as of violence, suppression, and division. Along the way, we encounter Perpetua and her martyrdom in Carthage; the struggles of Augustine the bishop in North Africa; the zeal of Celtic monks and missionaries; the viciousness of the Crusades; the visions of Brigit of Sweden; and the fracturing of Christianity by Martin Luther’s protest. We hear the voices of great theologians as well as of those branded heretics by the Church, a powerful reminder that the growth of Christianity is a story with many narratives of competing visions of reform and ideals, powerful critiques of corruption and venality, and exclusion of the vanquished. The troubled history of Christian engagement with Jews and Muslims is found in pogroms and expulsions, but also in the astonishing ways in which the culture of the West was transformed by Jewish and Islamic learning. We shall explore the stunning beauty of the Book of Kells, exquisitely prepared by monks as the Vikings terrorized the coast of England. We will experience the blue light of the windows of Chartres, and ponder the opening questions of Thomas Aquinas’ great Summa. We will read from the Gutenberg Bible of the fifteenth century, which heralded the revolution brought by the printing press. We will travel from Calvin’s Geneva to Elizabeth’s England to Trent, where a Catholic Council met to inaugurate a modern, missionary Catholic church. We will walk through the great Escorial of Philip II of Spain, hear the poetry of John of the Cross, and follow the Jesuits to Brazil and China. Christianity in the West was forged in the fires of conflict and tumult, and it brought forth both creativity and violence. It echoed with calls for God’s world to be transformed, it inspired the most sublime art and architecture, yet it also revealed the power of the union of cross and sword to destroy. The course is a journey through the formation of the West as one strand of Christianity, as one chapter in a global story. It is a journey that has shaped our world....

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Jun 06, 2020

A very comprehensive, cohesive and resourceful overview of all the crucial events, main characters and key ecclesiastical developments that consolidated the Catholic Church in Europe and the Americas.


Mar 23, 2018

A great journey! Lots of information and bonus material! I'm very thankful for the course. It might be that the professor's speech is sometimes a bit difficult to follow, but it's a minor drawback

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por Lee T

Nov 14, 2018

Clear explanation how western christianity developed

por Francisco J M

Jun 15, 2020

Genial, muy interesante, motivador y constructivo.

por Richard D M

Jun 14, 2020

Outstanding course ,it helped me get through covid

por Celmira A S

Oct 08, 2017

Excellent! A really journey throught the history.


Feb 04, 2020

It's a great course, and I highly recommend it!

por Nese M

Jun 20, 2020

For theology interested strongly recommended.

por Aniceto P

May 02, 2018

Great course. Clear content. Good teachers

por Gabriela S L T

Sep 09, 2019

Excellent and very interesting course.

por Sanjy R

Jan 27, 2019

Thanks for all, it's a very good MOOC

por Julio C N P

May 01, 2017

excellent mooc, thank you very much.

por Brent H

Jun 07, 2018

great course, very informative.

por Omacel

Jun 14, 2017

Excellent! Really worthy.

por Andrey C

Sep 10, 2018

Excellent course!!!

por Derik B

Apr 10, 2017

Excellent course.

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por alice

Oct 15, 2017

very insightful

por Paulo S L B

Dec 26, 2019

Curso incrivel

por Ralph N

Jun 22, 2017

Great Course

por Miguel D

Jul 04, 2020

thank you

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por Kenneth O

Oct 04, 2017

This is an excellent course. Prof. Gordon offers a very intimate and compelling narrative through the fifteen hundred years of history presented. Hi is a very good storyteller! He brings this complex topic to life through his focus on the individual people who impacted and were impacted by their times as our context for understanding the broader social and theological events that were occurring. I not only learned much, but enjoyed doing so. Therefore the course certainly fulfilled my expectations. I rated it four stars rather than five however because I missed interactivity. The discussion area was not really utilized and many posts were not only old, apparently from an earlier presentation of the course, but went unanswered or with no dialogue by other participants. My suggested would be to make this aspect of the course as compelling as Dr. Gordon's presentations by enhancing interactivity through stimulation of topics and active engagement.