RELI 161: Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions

This course examines continuities and innovations throughout Western Christian history, from Jesus’ time through early persecution of Christians, from the Crusades through the Inquisition, and from the Reformation to today’s Christian diversity in America.

Required Texts:

  • Coakley and Sterk, Readings in World Christian History (2004), ISBN 978-1570755200
  • Greene, The Power and the Glory, 2nd edition (2003), ISBN 978-0142437308
  • Harline, Miracles at the Jesus Oak: Histories of the Supernatural in Reformation Europe (2003), ISBN 978-0385508209
  • Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller (1992), ISBN 978-0801843877

View a sample course syllabus.

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