What is the course about?
This course introduces you to Christianity, exploring its origins in the person and life of Jesus Christ and its development into an established religion centred around the institution of the Church and its sacred text the Bible. You will also learn about Christianity’s defining beliefs and practices, the distinctions between denominations within Christianity and how it is set it apart from other religions.
What will we cover?
- The historical origins of Christianity, focusing on person of Jesus Christ, the establishment of the Church and the Bible.
- The ideas that define Christianity, in particular the belief in a Trinitarian God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), in Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension and in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- The practices that define Christianity, specifically baptism and communion.
- The historical background to splits within Christianity and the differences between the resulting denominations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Give a brief account of the origins of Christianity and be aware of the debates that shaped its early history.
- Identify the defining features of Christianity.
- Comment on the reasons for and differences between the various denominations.
- Comment on the similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is an introductory course which does not assume any prior knowledge. Students from any or no faith perspective are welcome. However, you should come with an open and critical mind and a willingness to respect the beliefs and identities of others.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught on a single Saturday and therefore no advance preparation is needed. It will be delivered as a series of short seminars, which will include lecturing and class discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Handouts summarising the key points and suggesting further reading will be provided.There are no additional costs. Please bring a pen and paper if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HRS07 - Introduction to Islam
HRS26 - Introduction to biblical interpretation
HRS35 - Constructing the witch: how women became maleficent
HRS23 - 'Equal in God's sight but not in man's'? Women and the Christian church in the 19th century
See also history courses within the Humanities programme.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details