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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

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

1 video (Total 2 min), 4 readings
1 video
4 readings
Course Description5m
Precourse Survey10m
Meet Your Instructional Team5m
Bonus course resources10m
2 hours to complete

Introduction: From Persecution to Empire

6 videos (Total 57 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Diversity in the Year 200: Dura Europos (c. 240), with Dr. Lisa Brody [Yale University Art Gallery]10m
The Conversion of Constantine8m
The Arian-Nicene Controversy11m
The Nature of Christ8m
The Rise of Rome8m
3 readings
The Creed of Nicaea15m
Conversion of Constantine20m
Yale University Art Gallery—Dura-Europos: Excavating Antiquity10m
1 practice exercise
From Persecution to Empire20m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Augustine and the North African Church

6 videos (Total 69 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
North African Christianity15m
Martyrdom and Persecution14m
The Martyrdom of Perpetua (with Max & Nazanin)5m
Augustine14m
Islamic Invasion of North Africa7m
4 readings
Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas30m
Augustine on Donatists40m
A timeline of the Great Persecution10m
See the Coptic necropolis el Bagawat (Egypt), one of the earliest Christian cemeteries10m
1 practice exercise
Augustine and North African Church20m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Monastic Lives: Desert Fathers to Celtic Christianity

7 videos (Total 80 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Saint Catherine’s (with Max)4m
Saint Benedict10m
Irish Monasticism15m
The Viking Age (with Nazanin)5m
Venerable Bede, Saint Cuthbert, and Northumbria14m
Alcuin and the Carolingian Renaissance15m
5 readings
Life of St. Anthony1h 10m
Benedict Rule1h 10m
Explore the Gutenberg Bible and its history10m
Browse the Book of Kells medieval manuscript10m
View the Lindisfarne Gospels' early medieval illuminations10m
1 practice exercise
Monastic Lives, Desert Fathers to Celtic Christianity20m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Reformers and Crusaders

8 videos (Total 68 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Feudalism7m
Christian Reform12m
Bernard of Clairvaux (with Max)6m
Divided Christianity6m
Crusades14m
Innocent III10m
Cathar Heresy (with Nazanin)6m
6 readings
Fulcher of Chartres, Speech of Urban II1h 10m
The Capture of Jerusalem (1244)10m
Christian Attacks on Jews30m
Henry IV's letter to Gregory VII10m
The Romance of the Rose10m
Hagia Sophia's Christian mosaics10m
1 practice exercise
Reformers and Crusaders20m
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Top reviews from A Journey through Western Christianity: from Persecuted Faith to Global Religion (200 - 1650)

By 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

By SNMay 27th 2019

I enjoyed this course so much!! I learned a lot about history and the church. It has kept me looking for more courses and books to learn more!!!!!\n\nThank you so much for offering this!

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Bruce Gordon

Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History
Yale Divinity School

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