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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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Welcome to A Journey through Western Christianity: from Persecuted Faith to Global Religion (200 - 1650)

Learn what this course is about, who's teaching it, and other ways you can explore this topic. Meet and greet your peers as well!...
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Course Description5分鐘
Precourse Survey10分鐘
Meet Your Instructional Team5分鐘
Bonus course resources10分鐘
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Introduction: From Persecution to Empire

“From Persecution to Empire,” explores the interaction between the second-century Christian Church and the Roman Empire in which it existed. After the faith’s birth in Palestine, Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire with a rapidity that alarmed many Roman rulers. Persecution of Christians became common, and the experience of persecution shaped the Church. In 313 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine ended persecution and Christianity transformed once more to become a pillar of Roman society....
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6 個視頻(共 57 分鐘), 3 個閱讀材料, 1 個測驗
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Diversity in the Year 200: Dura Europos (c. 240), with Dr. Lisa Brody [Yale University Art Gallery]10分鐘
The Conversion of Constantine8分鐘
The Arian-Nicene Controversy11分鐘
The Nature of Christ8分鐘
The Rise of Rome8分鐘
Reading3 個閱讀材料
The Creed of Nicaea15分鐘
Conversion of Constantine20分鐘
Yale University Art Gallery—Dura-Europos: Excavating Antiquity10分鐘
Quiz1 個練習
From Persecution to Empire20分鐘

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Augustine and the North African Church

“Augustine and the North African Church,” studies two areas of early and vibrant Christian growth: Egypt and North Africa. These areas responded to intense Roman persecution by developing a theology of martyrdom. Indeed, both areas became bastions of early Christian theological thinking, with the North African Church producing the most important Christian theologian ever: Augustine of Hippo....
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6 個視頻(共 69 分鐘), 4 個閱讀材料, 1 個測驗
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Alexandria11分鐘
North African Christianity15分鐘
Martyrdom and Persecution14分鐘
The Martyrdom of Perpetua (with Max & Nazanin)5分鐘
Augustine14分鐘
Islamic Invasion of North Africa7分鐘
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Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas30分鐘
Augustine on Donatists40分鐘
A timeline of the Great Persecution10分鐘
See the Coptic necropolis el Bagawat (Egypt), one of the earliest Christian cemeteries10分鐘
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Augustine and North African Church20分鐘

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Monastic Lives: Desert Fathers to Celtic Christianity

“Monastic Lives: Desert Fathers to Celtic Christianity,” examines the origins of monasticism in Christianity. After the end of Roman persecution, some Christians chose to isolate themselves in the desert and deny themselves food, sleep, and material comforts. Why? And how did this movement develop into medieval monasticism? This module will explain the early roots and influence of monks and nuns in Christianity....
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Saint Catherine’s (with Max)4分鐘
Saint Benedict10分鐘
Irish Monasticism15分鐘
The Viking Age (with Nazanin)5分鐘
Venerable Bede, Saint Cuthbert, and Northumbria14分鐘
Alcuin and the Carolingian Renaissance15分鐘
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Life of St. Anthony10分鐘
Benedict Rule10分鐘
Explore the Gutenberg Bible and its history10分鐘
Browse the Book of Kells medieval manuscript10分鐘
View the Lindisfarne Gospels' early medieval illuminations10分鐘
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Monastic Lives, Desert Fathers to Celtic Christianity20分鐘

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Reformers and Crusaders

“Reformers and Crusaders,” focuses on Christianity during the dawn of the medieval period. Here we ask: How did Christianity respond to the new feudal world of medieval Europe? Popes, monks, and knights became essential features of the Christian faith during this period, roughly 950 – 1350 AD....
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Feudalism7分鐘
Christian Reform12分鐘
Bernard of Clairvaux (with Max)6分鐘
Divided Christianity6分鐘
Crusades14分鐘
Innocent III10分鐘
Cathar Heresy (with Nazanin)6分鐘
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Fulcher of Chartres, Speech of Urban II10分鐘
The Capture of Jerusalem (1244)10分鐘
Christian Attacks on Jews30分鐘
Henry IV's letter to Gregory VII10分鐘
The Romance of the Rose10分鐘
Hagia Sophia's Christian mosaics10分鐘
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Reformers and Crusaders20分鐘
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創建者 ESMar 23rd 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

創建者 AWJun 20th 2017

Well developed and presented course.. It'll be good to have it continued from 1650 to where the Christian faith is today. I'll be very interested to be part of it if it is developed.

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Bruce Gordon

Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History
Yale Divinity School

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