Christianity Global Relig

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Religion

Course Number: 
271
Institution: 
Amherst College

Christianity is often thought of as a European or “Western” religion. This overlooks, however, much of the early history of Eastern Christianity and, more importantly, the present reality that Christianity is increasingly a religion of “non-Western” peoples, both in their ancestral homelands and abroad. This course will trace the global spread of Christianity from the first century forward, with emphasis on modern and contemporary developments. Attention will be given both to the thought and practice of Christian missionary movements and to the diverse forms of Christianity that have emerged in response to them. To what extent can European and American missionaries be seen simply as agents of colonialism--or of a neo-colonial globalization of consumer capitalism? In what ways and with what success has an imported Christianity been adapted to cultural settings beyond the sphere of Western “Christendom”? How have Christians outside “the West” understood themselves in relation to it? Particular attention will be given to the spread of Christianity in Africa and in Asia and to the presence in the United States of Christians of African and Asian descent.

Spring semester.  Professor Wills.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
RELI-271-01-1213S

Course Sections

Christianity Global Relig
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

David Wills

dwwills@amherst.edu

MW 12:30PM-01:50PM

CHAP 103